Style: Imperial India Pale Ale is dry hopped with Motueka & Citra hops
Here it is…its finally arrived in our stores. I’ve been super excited to try this one after last weeks Powder Dreams! This Imperial India Pale Ale is dry hopped with Motueka and Citra hops. The Motueka hops in this beer add plenty of lemon and lime zest flavorings along with light tropical notes. This New Zealand hop varietal also helps balance both malt sweetness and body. The American Citra hop varietal adds loads of citrus, grapefruit, lime, and tropical fruits. It also lends most of the bitterness attributed to this beer.
This beer poured opaque, almost like orange juice. It started off with a thin head which remained for most of the drinking session. Aromas were filled with tropical notes of Mango, Papaya, Passion fruit, and Guava, with some citrus and pine in the back. These aromas translated into the flavor; all of the tropical notes were there with the added freshly cut grass notes, burnt dead leaves, and some popcorn mixed in. This all came to a dry and short finish with a medium bitterness. As the beer warmed up (I probably nursed this beer a bit too much) I started to get some mushy onion flavors happening. The body on this one was thin, with a medium carbonation making it sharp on the palate. It was fairly light, and crisp making it an easy drinking IIPA.
This first time I had this beer was on draft, and I appreciated it much more. I got huge pleasant grassy notes, and way less of that popcorn flavor. I really was not too impressed this time around. But there is no blame to anyone. Maybe this batch was off, or perhaps my senses were off. Nonetheless, I will try this beer again on its next release. Try it yourself, and let me know what you think of it. I would love to see more opinions on this batch.