Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thanksgiving IPA - Review - Albeit a Late One

Appearance - A golden blonde, very clear but a slight hint of haze (hop oils?) thin wispy head (low carb) that dissipates quickly but leaves a thin layer of bubbles and lacing all the way down the glass

Aroma - Citrus! with a hint of pine. Loads of tangerine, orange, grapefruit and pineapple!

Taste- Big hit of citrus when it first hits your mouth, a very smooth bitterness quickly follows, it finishes with a huge dose of pineapple juice alongside some biscuity/caramelly malt backbone that's just the perfect amount to balance the bite of the bitterness

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation (cask levels) which helps to keep the beer extremely smooth, medium bodied, and very silky

Drinkability - I love this beer, but at 6.5% (tad higher than normal for me) it starts to kick in quite a bit quicker than usual, but even with this its hard to stop from pulling another pint or two

Notes/Thoughts - It just must be this time of year because in late fall and winter I really crave a good IPA.  As usual this one did not let me down, and in fact was loved by everyone at Thanksgiving dinner.  The bitterness really helped to cut through all the rich food served.  The hop combo (Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade) is something I definitely will use again, and the tapioca starch worked like a charm to think out the Marris Otter while leaving quite a bit of malty flavors

Brewday - 11/14/2012 - Recipe & Notes


Shawn said...

I was just checking out the recipe... quite a lot of citrus hops! Not surprised the aroma and flavor came out like they did. Looks really good.

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