Appearance – Pours a lovely, clear, honey - amber color with a thick, fluffy white head that has good retention. Carbonation is medium. None of the hop-haze one finds in highly hopped beers.
Aroma – Full on grapefruit, pine needles, tropical fruit, and lots of resiny hops. Behind the hops are a lovely, rich malt aroma that reminds me of an English IPA. Just a hint of alcohol at the end.
Taste – Lots of hops upfront; a buffet of pine, mango, pineapple, and wild flowers followed by a firm, snappy bitterness that coats the tongue. While very hoppy, the malt still comes through with some biscuit and honey flavor. The invert comes through too, providing a mellow light crystal-like sweetness. The bitterness and hop flavor are well balanced with the malt. The beer finishes dry and refreshing.
Mouthfeel – Smooth, creamy, and full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Goes down exceedingly easy, almost too well for 7.5% ABV.
Drinkability & Notes – Overall, I'm very happy with this one. While I am not the biggest hop head, this beer has everything I like about IPA's - lots lot hop flavor and aroma with supporting malt complexity and a balanced bitterness. I think the lesson learned from this batch is how good No. 1 Invert syrup can be in an IPA.
O.G: 1.067, F.G: 1.009, 7.5% ABV, 66 IBU, Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale