Thanks to Justin Brooks for this one! Tasted prior to Alex and Riley's visit to the Quad Cities and a dinner cooked by Josh and co. of Sawyer burgers and organic veggies.
Appearance: A very slight haze that is almost missed by me at first glance. Golden in color, but on the verge of amber. Carbonation bubbles floating to the surface at a leisurely pace. Layer of thin film and leaves a lacing pattern on the side of the glass.
Aroma: Resinous pine and earthy hope aromas make up a majority of the nose. Perhaps a slight hint of a citrus, grapefruit-esk hops, but the aroma is fairly simple and clean. Not much of a malt base apparent.
Taste: Delicate citrus flavors envelop the palate and is quickly taken over by a refreshingly
sharp bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit. Bold and piney, a strong and earthy bitterness clings to the tongue
for a good amount of time.
Mouthfeel: Quite a smooth mouthfeel; the carbonation is the perfect amount to unearth the flavors and sustain the bitter aftertaste. Very clean and only slightly dry, leaves my tongue craving more.
Overall Impression: They make very clean, drinkable IPA that
doesn't back away from the hops. Besides favoring the hops slightly, this brew is fairly balanced. Tim, if you can get yours hands on this (since its from MI) and send it to me.. regularly, I wouldn't mind the gesture!