This double IPA is a great example of a well-executed West Coast style IPA. A candied grapefruit flavor is dominant, with tangerine and orange accents. There’s also this great floral character to this IPA that makes it stand out for me as one of my favorite doubles. It’s lush, juicy, not too sweet, too bitter, or too dry. A lightly toasted malt base is prominent enough to counter-balance the hops a bit. The feel is creamy and somewhat slick. Surprisingly easy to drink, smooth and creamy, with stealthily hidden alcohol. Delicious.
Overall, this is a really solid IPA. It isn’t over-the-top bitter, one of the reasons I think it’s so successful. The 8.5% alcohol is somewhat lower than the average double, making for easier drinking and a lighter feel. Everything is working really well together. Well done, and made with good balance. Recommended.
Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe
San Marcos, California