This was from the brewers dinner on Friday night before the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison last weekend. Had tried it and was hoping to snag a bottle, but luckily Pierse had and left it for me in the cooler. Tasted Saturday afternoon after hanging out at the Shire and Augie Acres.
Appearance: Orange amber with a dense, but spotted foam off white head. Lacing starts wet but quickly dries. Clarity is about an 8/10 with a subtle chill haze about it. Carbonation is non-existent as the beer sets rather still.
Aroma: Large pine whiff at the nose. Big and spiced with a tropical and citrus character that is quite bold above all other scents. Some fruitiness is prominent. Very fresh and enticing.
Taste: Spicy herbal hops and pine. The malt is simply masked by what lies in the second halt, though it does provide a sweet backbone by which all hop complexities work off of. The alpha acids contribute a huge finishing grapefruit like profile that even leaves a grapefruit bittering aftertaste that is nothing but prolonged. Some leafiness is left on the palate once it dries. As the beer warms, more grapefruit is amplified. Alcohol is tasted a bit in conjunction with the hops at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very smooth texture, carbonation lightly fizzes the tip of the tongue and then expands the texture and feel of the liquid as it passes the back of the throat. A bit tacky at the lips, but dry and resinous at the finish
Overall Impression: A strong version of an IPA but with a light tropical grapefruit zest that could easily mask the alcohol. Very potent aromatic bitterness, yet refreshing and crisp. Definitely one of Summit's best beers!