Brew Company :: Deschutes Brewery
ABV :: 6.40%
Hops :: Mosaic and Citra
Location :: Bend Oregon
Appearance :: Clear Pale Amber at about a 9 on the SRM scale which is square in the middle of the color range for IPA’s. Has a small one finger head that retains well with lacing up the side of the glass
Appearance Rating :: 6/6
Smell :: One of the most fascinating smelling beers. It smells of ripe dark fruit and sweetness. I will be very interested in the way this one will taste.
Smell Rating :: 22/24
Taste :: It tastes very different from the smell led me to believe. The dark fruit note is there but fairly subdued and gives way to a bready backbone that has a fairly dry finish with a mild bitterness that lingers. The finish is undoubtedly related to the Citra hops. There is a complex mix of flavors going on here…from fruity to piney to malty to sweet to dry.
Taste Rating :: 35/40
Mouth feel :: This is a medium bodied beer that almost feels sticky. It adds to the overall presentation and hits the mark in my opinion.
Mouth feel Rating :: 10/10
Overall :: This is an outstanding beer. It is hard to stand out in a very crowded IPA field. The hops choices made for a combination I’d like to explore in home-brew recipes. This is a beer I would have again just to explore the different flavors.
Overall Rating :: 20/20
Total :: 93/100