Thanks to Ben Siltman for giving me a can from his un-touched four pack during out Imperial Stout Barrel racking party. Tasted following a disastrously difficult parasitology final. Pint served with home made pita chips. I can finally relax for spring break and get logging on all the beers I have sitting in the fridge.
Taste: Nothing really hits in the foretaste, but immediately with a flashing appearance there is a brief taste of caramel that no sooner transitions into a robust alpha acid bitterness. The beer almost has a tart finish from the audacious amounts of hops. Obviously pine is a prominent contributor along with mild tropical flavors such as grapefruit and zest. Dark fruit of raisins shines through along with some subtle nuttiness from the toasted barley and caramel malts. Quite literally a coniferous forest in a glass. Gradually as the bitterness mellows, a great complexity of fruit and malt sweetness emerges that was otherwise previously masked by the 99 IBU's.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a mild carbonated zip at the end of the beer. Body is thick with a cloying texture. The finish results in a very resinous, sticky and dry feel. Overall this beer is soft and creamy to the feel and overwhelmingly drinkable
Overall Impression: I'm digging this one. Too bad it's not located out here. At 99 IBUs and only 6.2% alcohol, the under attenuation of the yeast leaves a lot of malt flavor, while balanced by the hoppy character. Everything about this beer says big (except the alcohol) both complex and balanced. Mm! A heavier IPA. definitely a show for the can industry. If I ever find it, I'd certainly buy it. Again, Thanks Ben!