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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a: This was a clear golden color with hints of copper. It was served to me with a thick, creamy head.
s: Lemon sugar cookies are what I thought of first. The hops weren't all that bold or bright. They smelled of lemon and pine.
t: This didn't quite pack the hoppy punch I was hoping for. There was citrus and plenty of pine at the finish, but it wasn't as bitter as it could have been.
m: Slick and spritzy, but lacking the long, lip smacking finish I look for.
o: Not bad, but it wasn't as fresh and vibrant tasting as I've come to expect from hoppy offerings at the Lancaster IH.
Serving type: on-tap
12-10-2011 14:35:35 |
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 11/23/11. Just to clarify, this is not a Cascadian Dark Ale or American Black Ale. It is merely an American IPA with Cascade hops used in the boil.
Pours a crystal clear gold, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This maintains a sturdy ½ finger of a rich sudsy look, which rings the sides of the glass with creamy and sticky lacing. Really nice look to this here. The aroma is floral and a bit piney, with a leafy dankness that rides along underneath. There is some bright fruitiness that is along for the ride as well with mostly tart lemon being present but there some softer notes as well that meld well with the sweet graininess of the malts along the back. The herbal and lemon character is probably what’s sticking out the most to me.
The taste is similar, with a mix of fresh citrus (zesty lemon is one again really standing out) that is undercut by that same dank herbal feel from the nose. There is some grapefruit bitterness here but it’s not coming off as majorly assertive in any well. The malt allow this just enough of a balancing support along the back and gives those hop flavors something to bounce off of. The finish is dry and piney feeling with a lingering light pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness to the carbonation that helps draw out some of the resins here. This mostly though has more of a crisp creaminess, with some slickness mixed in, that rides along on the edges and carries the flavors well. This has a nice mix of textures to it. There is maybe just a smidge of warmth on the tail end of each sip.
This was decent but came off as a little too mellow to me as an American IPA. The hop profile definitely could have used a bit more aggressiveness overall, with probably some more bitterness from those citrus flavors being the main culprit here. This is OK but didn’t really didn’t distinguish itself to me in any way.
Serving type: on-tap
11-26-2011 14:51:31 |
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