Wednesday, July 29, 2015

He'Brew Wishbone Session Double IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1418) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Since 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 imperial IPA.

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 without it.

RATING: 7/10

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