Mongo - Port Brewing
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4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
General - I haven't had this DIPA before but in general I really like the style. This one was a little too cold for my taste straight from the fridge so I'm letting it warm a touch while I write some of this. Poured this from a big boy bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. While I'm still on the fence about this glass I will say that the etching on the bottom of the glass does create a really nice highway of bubbles the entire time, pretty cool.
Appearance - A touch hazy but nothing to be looked down upon in a DIPA, actually right in line for dry hopping. Color is around a 7 or 8 on the SRM scale, it's actually a touch lighter than I would typically expect in a DIPA. Touch off on the appearance for that. The head is a nice bright white but is very thin and fades pretty quickly.
Aroma - Strong floral aroma with a hit of citrus. There is also a malty background to the scent. A hint of a sourish smell, not bad, but it smells like some sort of citrus fruit a couple of days after it's prime. Kind of disappointing for me but it's not a bad thing.
Taste - Very smooth drinking beer with a bitter hit on the back end that wakes up all the taste buds. Love the taste to this but for a DIPA. There is a nice citrus hit with this for sure. The bitterness is a total DIPA at the back end and I love it! I think that this is one of the most balanced DIPAs that I've had. While it does have a heavy handed hop helping (trying saying that 5x fast), it's not too overpowering. It's in your face for sure but not too much.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth drinking beer for sure, I could definitely have a couple of these sitting out on a nice cool evening. It's got a drying effect that is expected with the 8.5% ABV! Moderate body, maybe on the low end of moderate but still within the style according to BJCP. High level of carbonation and the alcohol warming is prevalent with this bad boy!
Overall - OK, this is a really good DIPA, not the best that I've had (that's still reserved for Pliny) but really good. The hops in this thing will nearly burn off your taste buds with the bitterness on the back end but hey, that's what I drink a DIPA for! This will be added to my rotation when I want something really hop forward. For the summer it's not as refreshing as I would want (especially when the days are hot) but if the weather is a little bit cooler I would be quaffing these guys down!
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2013 03:50:40 | More by BeerEngineer
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