Monday, September 12, 2011

India Pale Ale

Spent the morning getting in a long run and having breakfast at the local food joint - Sarkis. Tasted Monday afternoon while playing a board game with the family and enjoying some organic pea dip and raw chocolate. Received from Great River's cooler.

Appearance: Rubied colored with a very nice clarity. Head is off white with a tie-die design lacing, though the head itself wasn't that substantial.
Aroma: Biscuity and sweet with a bit of a worty/underfermented beer scent. Hops are characterized with an earthiness. Fruity undertones characterized of plum and even notes of tea.
Taste: Again, like the aroma, there is an upfront biscuit malt bill followed by a brief toasted malt. There is a big accentuation on the sweetness in this beer. The fruitiness emerges around the midtaste with the profile of dark roasted fruit, like raisins and figs. The end is earthy that leaves behind a very foresty-like sensation n the mouth. Otherwise it is relatively clean, only leaving a basic bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Bigger bodied with a sticky feeling texture and a lightly incorporated carbonation leaving the beer feeling both thick, yet drying at the end and refreshing.
Overall Impression: An interesting IPA for sure. I found that there was a lot of upfront malt, more so than most IPA's I've had, and more importantly it was earthy..Less citrus tropical and even pine.


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