AROMA: Sweet floral and candy aroma. Some berry and perfume. No malt or alcohol presence. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Flame orange; mostly clear. Large, eggshell, frothy head. Good retention and lacing. 3/3
Surprisingly well-balanced for the style. Some sweet amber maltiness
complemented by candy/berry/floral hops. Bitterness is restrained and
does not feel like 90 IBUs. Some pine flavor on the finish. Alcohol is
part of the palette, but not distracting. Satisfying and enjoyable.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; noticeable thick though soft
and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low despite being bottle-conditioned.
Finishes rather clean with minor resiny aftertaste. Alcohol warmth is
part of the experience. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine strong IPA, but not as special as it’s marketed and packaged. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 39/50
The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet
is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and
protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to
prepare for examination.