|Brewery:||Tröegs Independent Brewing|
Best Quote During Tasting
You know who I bet is a Nimble Giant? Jason Segel.
|Aroma - Grapefruit, pine needles and soft caramel all come together at once with the first whiff. After going in for another sniff, I got some earthy hops as well and even a bit of pineapple and melon.|
|Appearance - This one pours a very light gold with a frothy, off-white head made up of loose, small bubbles that float a quarter inch above the beer and stick to the glass.|
|Flavor - Big caramel from the malts is the first thing that struck me. Yes, there are hops and bitterness and all an IPA is supposed to be but let me do my thing, okay? The caramel is like a toasted piece of sweet bread and really gives the bitterness a run for its money. There's a bit of an alcohol bite (it is 9% ABV after all) but that helps cut through some of the sweetness. Now for the hops: bold grapefruit and some resin blend with that pine needle. The flavor is big but this one seems more about the bitterness.|
|Mouthfeel - The carbonation is medium+ and the body is medium. It doesn't have a thin feel by any means but it doesn't have the fuller feel I was expecting for the style. It does tingle nicely on the tongue.|
|Overall Impression - This was a very good example of the double IPA style. It was big and bitter but still had some nice, distinct, soft flavors as well. It didn't punch you in the mouth with its bitterness but it was definitely bitter. I could absolutely guzzle a few of these around a campfire this fall to keep me warm and they would go down easy.|