Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) | De Struise Brouwers

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

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De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Deca Services, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, candy sugar, ale yeast and spices.

According to the brewers, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2007

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber color with a thick creamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

As soon as you pop the top on this one the room is filled with a sweet hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, caramel, toffee, and hops of course.

Taste is very well balanced. A smooth caramel, toffee combination that turns into a dry hop bitterness that lingers, it gets a tad spicy and then becomes a soapy pine like flavor that lingers encouraging you to drink. Anther drink revels a spicy grapefruit like flavor.

A very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of will4240
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super pumped I found a bottle of this at a local beer shop. How can you not love both Mikkeller and Struise? Together they are simply unstoppable...

It seems that there are pretty mixed reviews out on this brew, but I simply loved it. Very complex, and yet very much drinkable in spite of all the complexity, let alone the 130 IBUs... This brew gives me everything that I could want in an Imperial IPA. Fantastic beer, I only wish it wasn't a limited brew...

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Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grinnin' like a fool here - what a grand beer! Poured with a HUGE foamy frothy sudsy cream colored head that lasts and lasts with loads of lace. Color is a cloudy darkish amber. Aroma is hoppy, malty, toffee, leather, musk, and toffee with a bit of fruit. Flavor is first rate with the hops dominating but very nicely complimented with some sweetness and caramel plus the other flavors that are like the aromas. Body is superb and masterfully carbonated. A little bit warming in the finish, which also has a good satisfying length. If it weren't for the strength, a session beer.

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Photo of scottoale
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml. brown slender bottle with a ton of blurb on the label, which is slightly different than the one pictured above.
Bottle states: Special Brew by Struise and Mikkeller as a tribute to joint ventures. Brewed and bottled at Deca Brewery, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium. RateBeer Special release Worldwide Master's Series. SM No. 12 - Elliot Brew.

Poured into a Chimay chalice a hazy amber-orange with a thick, creamy 1/2" beige head that lasts and leaves sticky lace clinging to the glass as you drink.

The smell is sweet, spicy and full of citric hoppiness. Ripened fruit sweetness with grapefruit, honeysuckle (candi sugar), spices and juniper perhaps? All very pleasant to the nose.

The taste is where this brew really shines. Loaded with complexity, lots of sweet malts and candi sugar that eventually gets engulfed by the massive hop load. Plenty of unique spices popping up through the liquid journey with the not-so noticeable alcohol and perfect carbonation pushing and balancing the whole brew sublimely. Incredible flavor and balance!

Full body and precise carbonation lend a smooth and creamy mouthfeel like few other 2XIPA can even attempt. The whole drinkability of this brew is hard to match, from start to finish. A great brew that I highly it!

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Photo of stumac
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Going off old notes. Pours up a murky copper color with a nice frothy off white head. The nose is citrus, sweetness, yeasty, lots more citrus, apricot. Taste is very citrusy, nice bitterness, yeasty, great pale malt flavor, nice spritzy carbo, medium bodied. Great brew

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from abrand and poured into a Snifter. Thanks alot man!!!!

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a ridiculous 3 finger off white head that is going nowhere!

S- Strong caramel malts with a brutal pine citrus hop background.

T- Caramel malts with a strong lemony citrus hop bitterness. Strong pine and earthy hops. Probably one of the best DIPA's i've had so far. So simple in flavor but yet so great tasting!!!

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a brutal bitter dry finish.


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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - decants into a snifter and still pushes up three fingers, easily rising above the glass top but not spilling over. The beer is a hazed peach/dark apricot color with a very active bead. The feed to the off-white cap has it holding quite well. The lace is big-bubbled and sticky.

Aroma - spicy orange citrus, candi sugar. a gingery smell, yeasty. Lots of cools things to find here, very nice.

Taste - a Belgian IPA, it may be my first. I know the style says 'American' but the candi sugar flavor, the occasional note of funk, the yeast styling, is anything but. The hops have a fruity, laced with alcohol beginning, and grow slowly bitter. They develop enough to earn IPA status and then kind of hold steady as the abv imparts double/imperial status to things. The finish is a very warm, moderately hoppy residual, and is very good. A little too hot for perfect status but close.

Mouthfeel - solid to heavy feel, the carbonation matches the power in this brew blow for blow and adds to the big beer feel while still enhancing drinkability.

Drinkability - despite the abv I'm downing this baby quickly and thinking about hoarding the other one. Yum.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber-gold body. Huge off-white head that starts smooth, but becomes rocky as it falls off.

Nose is sweet hops with a bit of Belgian-ness to it. I hesitate to call it funk, but I can tell it's not from California.

Flavor is huge bitter hops coating a malt body that is solid without being sweet. I wish I knew how to do this with a DIPA. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel is coating, unlike most IPAs. It does have some of that toothstripping character, but only in moderation. High carbonation.

Drinkability is really good. This does not seem like 9% to me. Definitely a sipper, but only because I want to savor this wonderful brew.

Thanks to juicestam for personally exporting this from Belgium to Kwajalein for a mid-Pacific treat!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized snifter glass. Even though poured gently, it produced a good 2" frothy head that slowly and unevenly reduced, leaving all sorts of lacing down the sides. The beer itself is a muddy, silty even, presenting the color of iced-tea.

Yeasty and hoppy, with floral notes, orange peel, sugar cane, and alcohol. Strong, yet pleasant in aroma.

Whoa! The bottle claims 130 IBU's, and they're not kidding. Mouthpuckeringly bitter, the taste underneath is still complex; honey, orange blossom, and oak, this is a bit boozy and a bit yeasty. Buttery, this beer is highly astringent, with a hop-bomb of bitter just annihilating your taste buds and gently fading away, with the honey sweet salving your tongue.

Full bodied and bitter, this leaves your mouth knowing it has experienced a very bitter beer.

While I find this highly enjoyable, I also feel that one of these is about all you'd want in one evening. While it was a it pricy, I will definitely pick this one up again.

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4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AdamB84 for the chance to try this exceptional brew!

A very careful first pour into a tulip glass reveals a crystal clear amber brew with a pillowy three-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a web of thick sticky lacing. Good head retention. As I emptied the last of the bottle it was much more of a hazy orange due to the yeast that flowed into the glass.

Smell is Belgian yeast, floral hops, some candied sugar, orange peel, pepper, coriander and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is sweet caramel malt and candied sugar up front, then some spicy floral hops, bitter grapefruit, orange peel and coriander. Some yeast and warming alcohol lead into some more bitter floral hops and a long dry finish.

Full-bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, but the hops keep things crisp.

A wonderfully balanced beer. Incredibly drinkable, despite the ABV. I wish I had more of these.

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Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a real nice Belgian ale scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a spicey Belgian yeast. It almost seems like a Saison yeast strain. The hops shine through the aroma as well. It's a very nice mixture of DIPA and Belgian strong. The taste is perfect. This is what a Belgian IPA should taste like. It's incredibly bitter with a strong malt character. The yeast provides a dry, earthy, spiciness to the beer that really compliments all the flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a kick ass beer! I'm a huge fan of these collaberation brews.

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Photo of corby112
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber/ orange color with a huge foamy white head that settles into a thin lace that lasts throughout. Spicy aroma with hints of apple, pear, grape, floral and citrus hops, candi sugar, caramel, and alcohol. Very spicy and hoppy with sweet ctrus fruit up-front with some candi sugar, licorice, and sweet fruit followed by a spicy, hoppy sweet lingering, slightly bitter finish. Excellently balanced and very quaffable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl. 2011 vintage. Huge fluffy white head. Atop amber body. Soapy sticky oily lacing. Huge head retention. Aroma delicious, fresh grass and a touch of marijuana.  Slight alcohol. Taste not biting or overly bitter. Not sure when brewed in 2011, tastes delicious just maybe not perfectly fresh. 

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Photo of dciBA
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber into my tulip. Tons of foamy white head with plenty of lacing. Smell is hops, and lots of them. Mostly citrus, but some pine and earthy hops as well.

Taste has plenty of hop flavor of course, but also a nice malt backbone. Very complex, with different flavors hitting your palate at different times. Initial blast of hops, with some yeasty esters, and spiciness in the middle. Finishes with some sweet malt and healthy dose of bitterness. Hop resins coat the mouth for a few minutes, making this one a nice sipper.

Lots of carbonation in this one but not too much. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable considering the %ABV. The bitterness may hurt drinkability for some but is exactly what I expect and want from a DIPA.

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Photo of Beerdregs
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange/amber color with two finger white frothy head that refuses to subside. The bottom of this bottle had a good quarter inch of yeast. Lots of carb. bubbles.

S: Smells of raisins or overripe grapes. Cannot perceive the typical north american hops aroma. This is different. It is like old fruit swimming in malt.

T: Ample sweetness. The dark fruits continue to dominate the early than the hops finally come in but only as a bittering on the back of the tongue. (I have a hard time believing this is 130 IBU!) I cannot pick out any type of grapefruit/piney flavor of your typical north american hop. The finish is a slight vanilla. This beer states that it is 9% on the bottle but I don't perceive it until the very last part of the swallow.

M: This beer has a prickly mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: This was a wonderful beer. I thought I was buying a tongue buster 130 IBU american pale ale instead I was treated to a melange of flavor that I have never experienced from an APA in North America. A real treat!

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy, orange toned, light amber with a small, fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a bubbly cap. Plenty of scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, grapefruit, and tangerine with mild notes of cardamom, and black pepper found in the background. Beautiful. Second inhales give one a glimpse of honeysuckle flowers in the summertime.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a lovely flavor that are of sweet candi sugar, hoppy citrus, grainy sustanance, and a doughy yeast with ripe fruit esters dusted with cardamom and grains of paradise. Damn...gimme a case of this stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, sugary, sticky, syrupy, and chewy at times.

Wow. I was very impressed with this one. I could imagine pairing this with an Italian Fritatta containing Dandilion greens, squash flowers, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and a sprinkle of cardamom, and caraway. Pair up a scenic view like the vineyards in Tuscany, and I'm in heaven.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, special ratebeer release purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem for $6.55. A bit pricey but this is a unique find so why not.

Poured into a tulip, nice apricot/peach color, fairly clear, visible carbonation and a sizable but under control white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit funky, some spiciness from the yeasts and some from the spices, hops are very bold and citrusy--really nice combination of belgian and american style brewing.

Taste is bitter, lots of american hops, candi sugar, and a healthy dose of belgian yeast flavor. It's pretty dry but still manages to seem balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and fairly highly carbonated. Absolutely amazing. The yeast in the second pour rounds out the body a bit and it is still very good.

Drinkability is limited mostly by price. This is an expensive beer, but also a high ABV, bitter American Belgian IPA. If i could afford two, i wouldn't drink them in one night because they are pretty strong, but this is a very good and very easy drinking beer considering the style.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one straight from De Struise Brewery in Woestvleteren.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy 3 finger medium looking off-white head that mounds out of the glass. Great retention. Color is a murky burnt umber brown with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a decent foam cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing on the glass. Splotchy film and a healthy ring remain until the end, leaving a good amount of chunky lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Pale malts with a very fruity nose. Grapefruit and pine, with hints of pineapple and caramel in there as well. Bold aromas.

TASTE: Pale malts again with some caramel sweetness up front. This soon gives way to a bit of spiciness through the middle and a strong grapefruit and citrus finish. Ends with a strong, bold, and bitter aftertaste with hints of grapefruit and flowery hops that just lingers and lingers. I can count every one of the 163 IBUs. A big DIPA with lots of bitter flavors and an aftertaste with staying power.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly oily and mouth-coating. No booze anywhere.

OVERALL: Some brews that claim a huge IBU don't quite deliver on their promise, but this one definitely comes through. Every one of the 163 IBUs are there for the taking, but they don't take away from the complexity of the brew and make it one dimensional. Another De Struise gem. Recommended.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a bottle of Elliot brew from Mikkeler and Struise. 33cl bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle was about $10. Pours a nice brown with good lace. Nice floral bitterness well balanced by malts. Medium body well carbonated. Great IPA..

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; this "SM No.12", one of the ales in the "Struise Mikkeller" project, comes with a whopping 163 IBU. The label specifies "Brewed and bottled by Struise @ Oost-Vleteren, Belgium" and does not mention Mikkeller anywhere; served in Tripel Karmeliet's tulip-shaped goblet.

A: hazy, dark reddish copper hue with moderate carbonation, topped with a well-lasting light beige creamy froth.
S: rich maltiness on a par with sweet grapefruit jam, flowery fragrance, and a touch of green mangos... semi-estery as compared with an American product of this style; a swirl wakes up the more oily feel of hop resins, ripe pears, berry-flavoured candies, sweet pale malts, melted caramel and a hint of candy sugar. Richly hoppy as much as malty & sweet - a rough balance is reached here.
T: surprisingly clean & pleasantly effervescent, with longan-fruit-ish maltiness, lubricating fruit-esters, grapefruit notes and tea-ish tannins of hops developing elegantly, followed by mild spiciness, as of old dried citrus peels. Only in the end does the full quality of bitterness manifest itself, as it has hidden surprisingly well up until this moment, when a lingering flow of grapefruit-peel-ish tannic bitterness and aroma expands. But the finishing touch is light in hop flavour, and not at all as bitter as the quoted 163 IBU has prepared my brain & taste-buds for. The 2nd sip, however, ends in a much, much more bitter fashion, with hop tannins going deeper & deeper down the palate, but overall just chewy, not so... bitter as many US hop bombs, and neither is it so sweet in terms of maltiness - the work of yeasts?
M&D: lubricating, lightly-carbonated, full-bodied but somehow the flavour profile is much less bold as I'd expect from a DIPA. In contrast, the bitterness level feels more subtle on my palate than does an even standard AIPA or indeed a bolder English Bitter in that, everything goes so smoothly and treading in the Belgian territory of mild hop flavours plus alchemy of yeasts. Hops do lend a depth (more than body & flavour) to the overall performance, but in a rather different way than most American products, again perhaps balanced by the yeastiness. I'm very grateful that BSF imported this ale from Belgium this year, otherwise I would never have known how a 163 IBU, Belgian-made "double IIPA" might treat my taste-buds... the answer is, sheer heavenly...

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Photo of dnichols
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle states: Special Brew by Struise and Mikkeller as a tribute to joint ventures. Brewed and bottled at Deca Brewery, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium. RateBeer Special release Worldwide Master's Series. SM No. 12 - Elliot Brew

I poured a 330 ml white capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a massive three finger slightly off white head with a blend of giant and dense small sickly bubbles that slowly receded to a full thick cover over the liquid and left a dense thick curtain.The body was a dense and cloudy golden-orange.

S: It had lots of gently toasted malts and yeasts as well as floral and citrusy yeasts and white spices.

T: This is a complex brew that has a bready malty initial flavor complemented by lightly lemony citrusy hops and a subtle blend of white spices. The alochol is well hidden but leaves a nice clean and warm aftertaste.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with a smoot full balance of malts, yeast and hops.

D: Smooth and creamy. Wonderfully easy brew to consume. Very trippel like characteristics. I could easily take this one long into the night.

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Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, citrus hops, wet hop, alcohol, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, wet hop, and a hint of cherry. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tiny bottle

A- Pours an amber color, topped with a three-finger, thick, creamy off-white head. most gorgeous, thick lacing I've seen in a while.

S- no expectations. But smelled citrus juicy and very enticing.

T- It's a couple days later. I remember how well balanced it was.

M- Terrific mouth feel. Very well balanced.

O- A really great beer! Very surprised at how well this beer was balanced and the overall taste. I will gladly pay for another bottle.
left me wishing I had another bottle.
Serving type: bottle

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4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-amber with a quickly growing (and overgrowing) off-white head into a snifter.

Nose is piney hops with a tinge of citrus, brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, prickly with a dry finish.

Taste is much like the nose, quite hoppy with pine and citrus, and a strong sweet backbone of candy sugar, bringing nice vanilla and brown sugar flavors into the mix. Hops might be a little astringent, slightly overpowering the sweetness, which really wants to shine through.

Drinkability is good, alcohol is well masked and the carbonation and body are very drinkable, though the slightly out-of-balance hop bitterness wears a little thin.

Overall this is a top notch beer. The aroma is delightful, and the Belgian candy sweetness is really, really nice. If the bitterness were a bit more balanced out, this would be amazing. As is, it's still quite good and definitely an interesting and enjoyable joint from Struise and Mikkeller.

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Photo of BorisFromRussia
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance : opaque golden-redbrown with a solid 2 finger head and decent lacing.

smell - the candy notes def shine through most, also citrus notes and maybe a little malty

taste - a tad sweet and a tad bit spicy- just the right amount. despite how strongly hopped its supposed to be theres little bite to it but more a strong essense of the hop that comes through. candy def comes through in the flavor as well.

mouthfeel- very light and refreshhing. carbonation on the creamier side after it sits a bit.

overall - really pleasant both out of the fridge and after its warmed up. a post dinner treat. would recommend to all, a very unique ttake on the IIPA style.

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