Tasting: July 1, 2011
Style: Double IPA
Iâ€™ve been writing this blog since November of 2010. At the onset, I set a goal that in one year I would like to have blogged my opinion on one hundred different beers. One hundred different beers would represent a healthy cross section of brewers and styles. This double IPA from Moylanâ€™s will be my one hundredth review and it only took me eight months to complete this plateau.
Looking at my list, I think Iâ€™ve accomplished some of the diversity I set out to accomplish – but two things jump out at me â€“ first, my list is heavy in IPA/DIPA category and second, my average opinion is 84 points. Itâ€™s easy to see that the majority of â€œcraft beerâ€ shelves are dominated by IPA/DIPA. You just donâ€™t see Stone, Sierra Nevada or Founders coming out with six different types of pilsners. As far as my 84 point average â€“ my point criteria would call that good. Admittedly, I didnâ€™t seek out the Coors Light or Miller Genuine Drafts, so I would expect an above average score.
This brew pours a cloudy rust color with a creamy head — excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma screams grapefruit/lemon hops with a wee bit of malt tucked in the background. Beautiful mouthfeel — like nectar — no/little carbonation (quick ABV check – 9.2%). The flavors are beautifully harmonious assault on your palate. Waves of oak with a touch of honey followed by some warmth from the alcohol and then an intense hop punch in the form of a strong pine that really lingers on and on. I’m about a minute since my last sip and my tongue feels like I’ve just eaten something spicy. I’ve checked the label for an IBU — but nothing. If I had to guess, I’d put it in the 95 – 100 range.
I picked a real dandy for my 100th — I’ll give this one an easy 95 points.