It’s my wife’s birthday today and we went over to my in-laws house for lunch and some cake. l brought this beer with me to enjoy with my lunch. My sister gave me this beer for Christmas, with a bunch of beers she picked up while she was traveling. She got this one while she was in Phoenix.
Location: Poured into a Stella chalice glass at my in-laws home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.7% ABV, 67 IBUs, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color and fairly hazy with a thin, but fluffy white head. It has a citrusy hop aroma with a good orange-grapefruit smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy, with a little bit of oiliness from the hops. The flavor up front is quite juicy-fruit like, and the hop flavors evolve a bit in the middle, with the hoppiness coming out stronger in the finish. The finish is a mix of citrusy grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness with a little bit of resin and spiciness. The citrusy hop flavors and bitterness lasts a minute or two in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: We had this with pizza, and it was a great pairing. I think the citrusy hop flavors mixed nicely with the cheesy pizza.
Overall Impression: This beer was made to show of the citrusy hop flavors it has. Although it had a decent body, it was all hops, from the juicy hop flavors up front to the mix of citrusy, resinous and spicy bitterness on the back end. If you like overly citrusy IPAs, this one is for you. Personally, I prefer a little room for a bit more maltiness, but it’s a solid IPA.