APPEARANCE: Hazy honey-color
HEAD: Small, fizzy, pearl-colored crown that faded fairly quickly
LACING: Spotty but tenacious
NOSE: Hopariffic. I was expecting a big hop aroma, but this blew me away. Overwhelming notes of grapefruit and pine leave your eyes watering and your mouth salivating. I tried to sniff the malt backbone, but the hops just overpowered everything. The Prof claimed that it smelled like sticking your head in a Ziploc bag of fresh Cascade hops. I personally try not to put plastic bags over my head, so I’ll take the Prof’s word for it.
TASTE: “Only” 76 IBUs, but it makes the 112 IBU Founder’s Devil Dancer taste like a Brown Ale. Goes to show that IBUs only tell part of the story. This is a mouth-imploding, eye-watering, bitter-as-hell hop-bomb. Considering it’s just a “standard” IPA and not a Double, that’s pretty damn impressive. One of the hoppiest brews I’ve ever had. Big citrus flavors up front, a sweet, pale malt backbone in the middle, and a hugely bitter, drying finish. Very nice.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied with great carbonation. A supremely drying beer on the palate.
DRINKABILITY: Far too bitter to session with, but still a highly drinkable beer. Actually, you might as well just drink it all night, because you won’t be tasting anything else afterward.
RATING: 3.5 Hops