Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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2.98/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A - Body is the color of clover honey. Slightly coppery. A finger of very fine white head forms. Good retention. Some lacing.
S - Orange peel. Spicy and peppery hops. A touch of grapefruit and pine. I can also just barely detect a bit of fruity, earthy and tannic aroma--possibly from the tea.
T - Peppery and slightly caramely up front. Quickly followed by lots of hop bitterness and an astringent tannic flavor. While not extremely unpleasant, the tannins do give the impression of over-boiled tea leaves. I would prefer more of a mild, aromatic tea flavor than what this has. Finish is dominated by hops and flavors of bitter orange peel. Aftertaste of spiced tea.
M - Thin-to-medium body. Dry, clean finish that is slightly astringent. Leaves a lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Overall - While they capture the tea essence quite well, I think they could have gone a touch easier on the hops and tried to cut back on the tannins. This is a very interesting AIPA, but not one I'd reach for on a regular basis.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2012 00:55:03 | More by rundocrun
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