AROMA: Hop-forward aroma of orange, though sweet like sherbet. Some light yeast esters. 10/12
Basketball orange hue. Body is very cloudy with occasional CO2 bubble
floating by. Large, white, frothy head which retains and laces well. 3/3
Described as a "hoppy imperial cream ale," this more closely resembles a
DIPA. Hop-forward throughout with a strong orange taste. Bitterness is
pretty high, too. Body has a sturdy malt backbone, though not especially
sweet or any malt distinctiveness. No hop bite, just a general high IBU
sensation (~70?). No corn nor lager-like flavor whatsoever which makes
me scoff at the cream ale marketing. 16/20
body with a noticeable viscosity - leaves me feeling full. Texture is
velvety smooth as if it were on nitro. Alcohol warmth and taste is
present, but complementary. Hops linger, but are not biting or harsh.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is probably best considered a DIPA.
It completely fails as a "cream ale" by any measure. Tasty and fun to
TOTAL SCORE: 42/50
DISCLAIMER: 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