This is one of the most iconic beers in the American craft brew scene. We owe many thanks to Tiff and Kiel for making this one possible! It is arguably the best American double IPA in production right now, so without further adieu, here we go.
I will start by saying that this beer does not ship to Oklahoma. Sadly, it is only distributed to west coast states, Colorado, and some Pennsylvania markets. Stuart and I were lucky enough to try this beer for the first time when we were in Seattle last winter for a conference. Our friend, Taylor, told us about the hype surrounding this beer and convinced us to split a cab with him to go to a bar 20 minutes away that had it in stock (it sells out quickly). We agreed to go and the rest is history.
Thanks to some friends with connections, we were able to have a bottle shipped to Norman to enjoy this evening.
It is the best IPA I’ve ever tasted. It’s quite hoppy (the citrus kind too – my favorite!) but finishes cleaner and crisper than any other IPA I’ve had. Refreshing. Delicious. Perfection.
Madison’s Grade: A+
The bottle date on this guy was 8-18-11, so it was nice and fresh.
Appearance – Light orange with about a finger of head that dissipates relatively quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Little lacing is left.
Smell – Pine, grapefruit, and mango hit the nose instantly. Then more citrus and a bit of toasted malt.
Taste – Big hop bitterness up front with flavors of pine and citrus, notably grapefruit. Bitterness bridges the gap between these fruitier flavors and a toasty malt backbone. The finish contains a touch of aspirin-like chalkiness and more bitterness that lingers well after the last sip.
Mouthfeel – Lots of sticky, resinous hop oil is present in this medium-bodied IIPA. The finish is effervescent and very dry.
Overall – This is a wonderful IIPA by RR that definitely lives up to the hype in my opinion. This is the third time I have had the pleasure of tasting it, and it has never disappointed. The particular hop flavors that come forward are superbly balanced by great malt character.
Stuart’s grade: A +