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Two Hemispheres Wet-Hop IPA - Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Two Hemispheres Wet-Hop IPA
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 10-12-2011)
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Sample pour into a snifter at the brewing company bar.

Golden amber orange body with lemon like edged hues, with a wispy like white head and some minimal spotted lacing.

Nose is a giant apricot and tropical fruit rush. However, a distinct dried apricot sense seems to totally dominate the nose.

Taste feels like chewed dried apricots and classic fresh chewy feeling hops. Soft apricots seem to come off a nice soft texture to match with a slight light malt.

Overall an extremely fruity forward IPA. Real enjoyable! Walking out of here without a full glass was hard, but if I did they would probably have to peel me off the floor to get me home.

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a: served in a standard snifter, two hemispheres is a bright orange in color, capped with an off-white head that shows average retention

s: loaded with juicy tropical fruits - notably orange and, to a slightly lesser extent, passionfruit, on a body of balanced caramel and pale malts, vivid hops rise to the front and really show off what "fresh" means, very nice

m: carbonation nicely lively, not abrasive or harsh, with a moderate, satisfying body

t: similar structure to the nose - moderately sweet caramel and pale malts provide a palate for the application of the juicy, oily fresh hops - big flavors of juicy orange pulp and oily rind, sweet/tart passionfruit, closing out with a moderate-high bitterness and lingering grain flavors, quality stuff here

o: really a great example of the style, there are some better versions out there, but this one provides everything one could ask for in the style - big juicy hops, and lots of them

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Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Citrus hops with sweet malt and notes of tangerine and pineapple.

Taste: Bitter, fresh hops with grassy citrus peel notes. Some sweet malt to balance things out a bit, but the bitterness is the star. The finish is hoppy and bitter. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

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From the menu:

"Two Hemispheres IPA brings together Australian Galaxy hops and American Citra "fresh hops" in a beer that has our brewery team very excited and very thirsty. This amber-orange beer aims an intense hop-derived fruit aroma straight at both nostrils with Galaxy providing citrus and passionfruit and Citra bringing even more orange/citrus plus pineapple, guava, mango. The 150 pounds of freshly picked, never dried, Citra hops were added after fermentation completed in a "wet-hop" process that brings out the most delicate volatile hop aromas along with fresh herbal notes. "

On tap at Mad Fox last night. Served in a snifter.

The pour brings a fairly-hazy apricot-orange brew with a thin white head. A bit of lacing eventually forms after a few swirls, though not too much. The nose explodes with loads of tropical and citrus fruit plus a very mild dank character. Mango and citrus come to the front. Really pungent fresh-hop aroma.

The flavor isn't quite as strong and some of the fruit character gets a bit jumbled. Still, it's really tasty and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Medium body with a slight chewiness and a nice dry bitterness to go along with the raw hop character. Devastatingly drinkable with a beautiful hop bouquet in the aroma, this may be Mad Fox's best hoppy brew yet.

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*Notes from yesterday – split amongst some friends

A: Pours a hazy straw gold color with a nice two finger off-white frothy head. Good carb. Some retention and chunky gobs of sticky laced drapes upon the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit flesh with a very floral bouqet to it overall. Some alcohol. Nothing crazy aromatic to me but a nice clean fresh profile.

T: Taste emphasizes the aroma with some real nice juicy fruit and floral hops. Orange blossoms. Stone fruits. Guava and Passion fruit. Subtle sugary cookie malt base. Sticky sweet and resinous on the palate. Not getting a ton of that danky wet hop character but more delicate with fresh flowery hops that are a little soapy at times. Really nice balance overall. Alcohol totally masked. Pretty solid.

M: Lighter to med. body with a nice creamy texture. Long lasting coat of sugars and hop resins. Dry and crisp finish.

D: This was a real refreshing IPA with some interesting fruity and floral hop character to it. Nothing crazy intense bitter wise. Aftertaste comes off a little soapy but a great balanced brew. Very drinkable.

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Entered into the American style IPA category at World Beer Cup 2012. Bomber into a snifter.

A: Yellow gold body with an inch of soapy white foam. Good head retention with lots of lacing left behind.

S: Nice fruit bouquet, a blend of guava, mango, papaya, passion fruit, and orange flesh. Lesser notes of grass and earth. There's a little grapefruit in there as well. Bready malt lays a respectable foundation with caramel prancing in the distance. The nose requires some coaxing then prodding, but what I discover is quite nice.

T: Soft tangerine, mango, guava, and orange flesh flavors. Light bready base. Smooth lower moderate bitterness. The beer's hop profile is delicate and one that could easily be overwhelmed and possibly ruined by eating a meal or drinking an aggressive beer beforehand. The finish ushers in drier fruit rind notes.

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Two Hemispheres Wet-Hop IPA from Mad Fox Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.