Wednesday, October 20, 2010

White Hawk India Pale Ale

End of the six pack that I bought last week. Tasted after practice with a complementary  bowl of mashed sweet potatoes from Jim’s Farm and some organic butter.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a strong initial foamy white head. Medium bubble. Dies down to a film by 5 minutes. Semi transparent, but still turbid, with non-visible carbonation. Lacing glazes the side of the glass all the way down to the end of the beer.
Aroma: Fruity esters of dark dried fruits and caramel sweetness. An underlying nuttiness is apparent with a booziness at the end. Floral but not grassy.
Taste: Starts dry and finishes dry, but the mid taste is where much of the flavor lies. The fruit and Amarillo-like hops have a finishing sweetness that is very appealing, nevertheless is finishes with a distinct grassy aftertaste that may not be looked upon as desirable. Mid taste is where the pale and caramel malt resides with a biscuitiness at the nose.
Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel, yet drinkable in that light. The body and the pour seemed more fluid. A medium tackiness to the lips. Carbonation is perfect, just enough to bring out the fruit/biscuit finish as the beer nears its termination.
Overall Impression: A descent IPA, and definitely worth the $6.99 a six pack. Doesn't finish too boozy for 7% either. A good beer to show up to a party with for hop heads.


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