I will post my Beer Advocate review below (along with final score), but I just want to preface this post by saying that this beer was an absolute treat. Definitely make the trip to G&G (or The Birch when they get it) before it’s sold out; it was the equivalent of opening gifts on Christmas Day — surprise after surprise.
Served from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.
A — Beautiful! Super clear, like a Kristall Hefeweizen; cloudless amber; very minimal, fingernail-width light-brown head; appears to be slightly carbonated; little-to-no lacing throughout the drink.
S — More hoppy than malty, but hops still very subdued; Simcoe hops not as profound on the nose as would expect; slightly taken aback because of; intrigued!
T — Wow, there’s that whole-cone! Decent amount of carbonation for a Double IPA — a pleasant surprise! Explosion of bitter hops (Magnum) on the finish; sweetness that segues into hints of pine, earth and evergreen; pinch of caramel; very profound linger with little-to-no heat.
M — Medium bodied; slightly-syrupy, coats your mouth; more carbonation than would expect in an IPA, tingles in your mouth / beard - fun! Resonates with a very subdued, sweet tartness.
D — Full points for drinkablility, despite limited availability.
A / 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5
So there you have it, a rock-solid rating for a damn good Imperial IPA — and I’m very critical in my reviews! From the moment I poured this into my snifter, I was taken aback time and time again by this super fun, complex brew. Gratz to Sierra Nevada; it’s clear to me that they had a fun time building this recipe. Fully recommend this beer.
Ox Strong Brewing Co., © 2010