Vendetta IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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Reviews by Kendo:
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber that becomes orangey-red when backlit. Nice 1-finger ecru-colored head on top.
S: Sweet caramel malt and toffee is surprisingly the dominant characteristic. Slight mustiness makes me wonder just how old this bottle is - there's no freshness dating on the bottle, and while this just showed up locally in the last week or two, my distributor (DeCrescente) is notoriously horrible when it comes to getting fresh beer. The fact that the most recent review here is nearly 2 months old doesn't inspire confidence that I'm drinking a fresh beer either. .. .
T: Malt backbone is noted - caramel malt. Hops arrive but not in a tremendously flavorful way - more as a back-end bitterness (piney, grassy and lemony). It's not really a harmonious whole between the malt and hops; rather, malt up front then bitter hops separately on the back end. Drinks more like an east coast DIPA (think DFH 90 Minute or Stoudt's DIPA) than a west coast IPA. Lingering bitterness.
M: Medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is appropriate.
O: OK. Not what I was hoping for, however - too malty and the balance isn't there.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2012 03:23:02 | More by Kendo
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4.11/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours amber with some haze. Head is pretty thick. It retains well. Leaves chunks of lace.
S-Aroma is pleasantly fruity in its hoppiness. Label says its Citra and Amarillo- yeah I can grasp that pretty easily, it's straightforward and the nose isn't really aggressive but it brings out the crucial aspects of the hops. Tropical, lightly floral, citrusy and grassy.
T-The flavor is a mirror image of the aroma. It's got all the tasty aspects you want in this hop combination. Citrus, bright tropical fruit, grass, and so forth. Malt is caramel and pale and well balanced.
M-Sneaky bitterness. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Status quo through and through.
O-I liked this beer a lot. It managed to strike a chord with me, which can be very rare with the IPA style.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 01:15:25 | More by VelvetExtract
Vendetta IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.