Friday, December 23, 2016

Olde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPA

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20ChadPolenz (1737) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base style: 21A American IPA)

AROMA: Strong honey/lemon sherry aroma (oxidation). Minute citrus notes. No coffee. No malts. 5/12

APPEARANCE: Copper-orange hue; fairly clear. Large eggshell froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: General amber/pale malt flavor and mild sweetness up front. Strong honey/lemon lollipop taste throughout. Some orange citrus flavor at the apex and minor bitterness. Coffee emerges briefly on the finish. Slight astringency on the aftertaste. Clearly an old bottle. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth texture and fairly easy drinkability overall. Leaves a dry, starchy aftertaste. No alcohol presence. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I’ve had this fresh and it’s great. If there was a freshness date on the bottle I wouldn’t have bought it. 4/10