Style: American IPA
Serving Type: Bottle
Purchased at 99 Bottles
Aroma: Trace of citrus hop aroma initially greets the nose. This is followed by caramel, toffee, alcohol spice and a hint of oxidized cardboard aroma.
Appearance: Lightly hazy to translucent pale straw and wheat color. Pours absolutely no head but does form some large bubbles at the top with an aggressive pour.
Flavor: Light citrus and grassy hop bitterness upfront which quickly fades to a thin pale malt flavor. Overriding it all however is a wet cardboard and papery flavor that persists into the finish. There is an additional visit from the hops in the finish that is probably the most pleasant thus far, they finally shine through with a nice grapefruit twang that sadly lasts only for a moment before the beer fades to nothing.
Mouthfeel: Light body with almost no carbonation. There is a caramel quality that is trying to come through but seems to have a hard time pushing through the oxidization and age in the beer. The finish is clean and dry with subtle hop bitterness lingering in the back of the throat. Alcohol spice remains present in the breath.
Overall: Sadly I didn’t notice until I was pouring the beer that a best before date of 07/07/09 was written on bottle. IPA’s need to be drank young, and while I knew this I didn’t think of it as I was pulling the beer off the shelve. The beer has some pleasant qualities which I think would shine well in a younger beer. Hop bitterness and malt profile seem balanced, but the cardboard quality overrides the brew.
Considering the expiration date, I did not review this beer on Beer Advocate as it is not representative of it’s true form.