AROMA: Piney/earthy hop showcase; quite resiny. Plenty of malty/fruity sweetness; almost vanilla. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Dark reddish-copper. Quite hazy but translucent. Large, off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3
Plenty of amber/red malt sweetness and flavor. Piney/resiny hops
complement the malt quite well. Intense dank bitterness on second half.
Also a slight tea flavor, but I don’t think it’s tannins. Could possibly
pass as a highly hopped amber ale. 14/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body;
carbonation is a tad low which gives it a slightly sticky texture.
Lingering hop astringency is tolerable. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic East Coast-style IPA, though just a tad too malty and dank. Otherwise, quite enjoyable. 7/10
TOTAL SCORE: 36/50
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.