Much appreciation goes to Veronica Smith for allowing me to take one of these beers from the six pack she brought to the Josh Schipp voter registration event. I tasted it alongside a wealth of tortilla chips and salsa, along with a continuous cycling of quesadillas from the kitchen and interspersed music. I got around to reviewing it the following night after practice.
Appearance: Snifter served. A nice glassy golden pour leaving an amber color within the glass. The beer exhibits a mediocre filmed head an a drying wet white lacing along the side of the glass. For the most part it is clear allowing the subtley visible carbonation to appear to rise uniformly to the surface.
Aroma: A nice bouquet of caramel toffee malt followed by the nicely integrated, but subtle citrus aroma. Some toastiness as well as a mild DMS funk along the mid line of the scent. Some fruitiness and bits of pine arise amongst the more dominant senses. Some sour element.
Taste: Quite sweet and maybe puckering, though the flavors do not show up at all off as the aroma may have presumed. The caramel takes a background along with some honey, but still holds elements of the foundation. More predominantly is the Pine and fruit flavors rounding in the mid-taste and out with a dry grapefruity sappy bitterness. Dark fruit and grape skins show up too in the middle of the end of the beer. The finish leaves the palate grassy with the bitterness remaining on the sides of the tongue. As the beer warms some orange peel character arises which nicely complements the unique malt profile. A very juicy IPA.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and extremely crisp. The carbonation is medium but contributing to the well crafted body of this beer. Some tackiness, but that's negligible while the finish leaves the palate very dry and very resinous with a bit of a prolonged aftertaste.
Overall Impression: I like this beer for the fact that it is extremely clean tasting and refreshing. The hop taste is exactly as if they were coming out of the bag. The malt wasn't what did it, but more the basic fresh taste and the complexity in the bitterness.