Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Alphabet City Alpha Male IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20ChadPolenz (1724) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Slight spicy/herbal presence but a strong honey-lemon sherry aroma. Light malt sweetness. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Pale orange/amber. Very hazy but CO2 visible. Moderate white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate bitterness throughout. Slightly dry and spicy. A background orange citrus note is obscured by a strong honey lemon tea taste likely due to oxidation. Base malt is lightly sweet, but otherwise nondescript. Probably good fresh, but this palette is muted and unbalanced. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low CO2. Soft, smooth texture. Slight lingering astringency. Gentle alcohol warmth is surprising since it’s only 6.2% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A pretty generic, insipid IPA that isn’t helped by the fact the bottle is old. Drinkable, but not really enjoyable. 5/10


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