Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sierra Nevada Experimental Hop Session IPA

Fill date: 1/8/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Moderate hoppy aroma with notes of coconut, lemon peel, and a general herbal/grassy character. Malt base is akin to that a German Helles or pils with a clean grainy malt base with no implied sweetness. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy golden hue (2-4 SRM). Moderate white froth retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hop flavor is moderate with slight lemon peel flavor at first, and a coconut/herbal/grassy sensation on the backend. Difficult to describe, though it does seem to have a general Caribbean character. Actual hop bitterness is rather low for a SIPA (feels closer to 30 than 41). Malt base is a bit subtle with clean, grainy malt flavor. High attenuation with no residual sweetness. Clean fermentation. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing. Very sessionable at 4.6% ABV, though it feels even lighter. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting hop character for sure, though final product is closer to a pale ale than a true session IPA. Nice drinkability, though. 7/10


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