Another day, another IPA?
This is a beer from Deschutes I haven’t had, and another one from Lidney. It’s dated best by 8/5/14, so I’m hoping that means bottled May 5.
The bottle says it uses Citra and Mosaic hops. No further ado, let’s dig in.
Pour transparent orange, thick frothy white head that dissipates with time. Leaves significant soapscummy lacing. Aroma strong with orange and grapefruit. Significant sweetness from the hops, slight bready malt base.
Flavor follows the nose. Hints of bready malt, but overall a big wallop of orange/citrus/grapefruit astringency. Very long finish, mostly grapefruit/tangerine.
This is one of those beers that’s more satisfying to drink than to talk about. I’d love to sit down with a growler or a sixer of this and really dig into it. It’s delicious, but maybe a bit one-note?
Fifteen months in, and I’ve now done 250 video beer reviews. I spent way too much time on this hobby.
It’s all for your benefit, though. I received this bottle in trade with Lidney, and was going to hang onto it until after its “best after” date, but fellow BGNer Jamison, who can get this beer much more regularly than me, told me that “it’s drinkin’ pretty good right now.” Good enough for me, good enough for review 250.
Sometimes those highly-anticipated beers don’t quite live up to the hype. This was not one of those times.
Beyond the Pour grade: A+