AROMA: Strong fresh hop aroma; especially floral and a bit of green tea.
Faint lemon zest. Pale malt base is present, but no sweetness or
specialty. Unbalanced but pleasant. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Golden hue; effervescent; medium-large white frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3
Plenty of hop flavor from start to finish. A clean, bright taste of
lemon pith, green tea, and a some pine on the finish. Bitterness is
firm, but not overbearing; well balanced with the actual hop flavor.
Malt base is lightly sweet, almost cereal-like, to offer a smidgen of
balance and backbone. Piney bitterness lingers momentarily before
finishing dry. This is exactly what a session IPA palette should be.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation.
Smooth with a crisp finish. Very efficient at only 4.5% ABV. Not
refreshing exactly, but highly drinkable and would pair well with food.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive, to-spec beer; especially
considering it’s an East Coast style (a rarity these days). Well
balanced and easy to drink. Packaged in cans helps, too. 9/10