I wasn’t born yesterday, I know that Shmaltz is being completely
sarcastic by calling their He’Brew Wishbone a “Session Double IPA.”
Though only 8% it drinks and feels like something much bigger as it’s
very sweet, very dank and quite boozy. A classic East Coast-style
I poured a 12oz bottle into my Shmaltz snifter. It was bottled on 5/11/15 and cost $4.55 ($0.38 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark gold to copper color with slight haziness. Pours to a
one-finger, white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: Intense malty sweetness is the first thing I smell, followed by a lemony and pine resin scent.
Taste: There’s a difference, I think, between a double IPA and an
imperial IPA. Most will say it’s due to the alcohol content, but I go
more by palette. DIPAs tend to be juicy and citrusy, whereas IIPAs tend
to be dank, piney and resiny with considerable malt character. That’s
exactly what I get here. Much like the aroma, the first thing I notice
is not the hops but the strong malty base. Plenty of the amber malts
create for a caramel and peanut brittle flavor. The hops are strong, but
because they’re of the dank/resiny family they create for a different
kind of bitterness that lands like a thud on the tongue. I get a bit of a
yellow lollipop flavor as well, which I’ve never been a fan of. This is
an interesting beer to have since it’s so different from the norm.
Drinkability: What also separates a DIPA from an IIPA is the delivery.
He’Brew Wishbone Session Double IPA has a noticeably thick viscosity. So
much so that it almost has a syrupy quality to it. The beer sticks to
the tongue and teeth and leaves a lingering aftertaste. Though the
texture is soft and smooth, there’s an alcohol presence that cannot be
ignored. At 8% ABV it’s not completely unexpected, though I could do