NOTES: 22 oz. bomber. I was psyched to see this limited edition Troegs in my local bottle shop. My local beermonger pointed it out, saying “this won’t last long.”
I think he’s right on a number of levels.
STYLE: Imperial Pale Ale
APPEARANCE: Golden, straw. Nothing dramatic or rich. Extremely clear. Looks like it could be any old pale ale.
HEAD: Two fingers at the beginning of the pour. Looked promising, but it dissipated within minutes.
LACING: Splotches here and there. Not like some.
NOSE: Enormous grass and citrus. Lots of pineapple in the nose, and a good amount of what I’d call “lawnmower after an afternoon of use.”
TASTE: Citrus and grassy hop forward, and light on the malt sweetness. It’s grass and citrus for the most part, with a fair bit of alcohol astringency, especially as the beer warmed.
MOUTHFEEL: Light body and highly effervescent. Drying.
DRINKABILITY: This beer gets high marks of drinkability. It’s light, yet tasty. It’s 7.5%, but not too astringent.
RATING: I appreciate that Troegs went for a strong, hop-forward pale ale. I’ve stopped buying regular old pale ales, so it’s about time someone started imperializing them. Because it’s on the lighter side, it’s extremely drinkable, and yet it leaves you with a nice buzz. 3 hops.