Specter India Pale Ale
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Specter India Pale AleSpecter India Pale Ale
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,792
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,509
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 8.12%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
98
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Very Good
Specter India Pale AleSpecter India Pale Ale
Notes: It's there and then it's not.

Specter, our NE Style IPA has a number of very distinct traits that separate it from the rest of our IPAs. It’s smooth, creamy mouthfeel and it's hazy appearance are by-products of a number of ingredients and process. We used nearly 20% oats in the mash, a chloride-heavy water chemistry, and low flocculating yeast. We aggressively hopped Specter with late boil and whirlpool additions, leaving it with little perceived lingering bitterness, but rather a tropical and juicy finish. If that wasn't enough, we dry-hopped this beer twice with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Nelson Sauvin to add aromas of citrus and stone fruits.

Specter is a distinct and deliberate departure from the high-clarification common in most of Fulton’s lineup. But don’t let that fool you, this is Fulton…NE (MPLS) style.
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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy, media sample from the brewery.

Clear with a frothy head, smells of pine and citrus with a hay-like bready undertone. Hop bitterness is there upfront but slowly fades, more of a grassy flavor in the finish. Palate gets taken over by the hop flavor with grassy, piney, and citrus rind-like flavors. Kiss of alcohol in the finish. Not really A NEIPA ... I can see through it. Regardless, I dig this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fulton Brewery "Specter"
one pint can, "CANNED ON 10/25/18" and sampled on 08/24/19
$4.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well it looks like I'm going to have to start checking dates on beers at Wegmans now too. Oh well. It's poured a hazy golden body beneath an inch and a half of white foam. The aroma is certainly hoppy despite its age, although I can only imagine it must have been brighter when fresh. It's citrusy and tropical with just a touch of resin over a background of basic malt. Specific notes? Hmmm... soft grapefruit, peach, pineapple, berry, apple, pear, and mango. I'm sure there was probably more there while it was still fresh but this is what I've got to work with. On to the flavor, mmmm, that's good. Everything noted in the aroma remains with the addition of some tangerine and apricot. There seems to be a touch of lemon there as well. It's got a median bitterness of about 40 IBUs and it finishes dry with a little bit of citrus pith lingering. By now the head has dropped but it's left some fairly interesting lacing throughout the glass which is great. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation. Not bad. Not bad at all. I could handle a few of these.

Review #6,666

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Photo of dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 25, 2019... OCCASION: watching Ant-Man and the Wasp--with a brief interruption from the NFL draft for Will's sake, not mine!--on another spring break evening... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... BTW, this wins some points for its cool Day of the Dead can artwork... my second Fulton beer pours an absolutely opaque burnt sienna body, fostering a snow-white two-fingered head that pillows strongly with a suspended lacing around the glass's lip--close to a picture-perfect IPA... mango and tangerine front and center, subtle peach, orange cream, and a balanced helping of bread malts... sips with texture throughout, begins with a modest bitterness, and ends with a bready, weighty strength... the mango, tangerine, orange peel and bread malts make for a balanced, rather easy-drinking IPA that, at 7.1% ABV, can sneak up on you.... this is solid, bordering on strong, with its drinkability the plus and its flavor the baseline for other IPAs...

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into a tulip.

Pours a shimmering hazy, nearly cloudy, apricot-gold. Two-fingered head recedes rapidly, but gives way to a nice skein of foam and solid lacing.

The nose presents many fruity notes. Honeydew, cucumber, citrus, pear, peach, nectarine, green grape, grass, mango. Malts present with some biscuit and crackery notes.

The flavors follow the nose. Strong fruitiness with cucumber, honeydew, cantaloupe, peach, mango, green grape, pear, white pepper, and hints of booze. Just a hint of piney resin hops at the end of the palate.

The mouthfeel is solidly medium. Excellent carbonation, with a decent drying finish.

Specter is a solid NEIPA.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Mansion in Melbourne, FL. Pours an almost clear amber with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is muted grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, and pineapple, with a caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium and medium-sticky; carbonation is just enough to showcase the flavors. Finish is smooth, sticky, and just barely bitter. Not a "pure" NEIPA, in my opinion, but kind of an East Coast - West Coast hybrid. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of malrubius
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can. three and a half months old already. Guess they can't sell them all locally. Anyhow hazy but not gross with lasting head and some lace. Lemon grapefruit aroma with a touch of cardboard. fruity honey grassy light cereal with assertive pine and grapefruit finish. Medium slick body. Excellent flavor. Age hurt the aroma a little.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/12/2018. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is an excellent NEIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; nicely soft feel. Awesome Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Nelson Sauvin profile. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; nice wheat/oat/malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness from lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Can from Winooski Beverage, VT.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bronzed golden copper/orange color with a stifled small white foamy head sliding off very quick. One ring of lace rimmed the top and speckled it's way faintly off.
The aroma had a stiff bittersweet lemon to piney hops flexing over some marshmallow sweet sugary malts.
The flavor seemed to lean bitter initially but tried to bring in that marshmallow sweetness. Super long bitter finish, taking the line with the malts themselves leading towards a fair yet expected dry sort of edge.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping to sessionable sort of strength to it. Carbonation felt nice and low as expected. ABV seemed on par.
Overall, only really good thing to say about this beer is the mouthfeel though it seems like a West coast styled IPA. But honestly, if we're looking at this as a New England styled IPA, Minnesota you got a long ways to go to come close to what we can do here in the region where this style was concieved.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned October 12th 2018. A big surprise to find a Minneapolis beer in Casper!

It pours a hazy pale gold with an admirable head of foam and lacing.

The smell is juicy with big aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange zest. Whiff whiff.

Yummy flavours of tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange zest, hoppy as heck but the bitterness is held in check by the sheer juiciness.

Medium bodied with lightish carbonation.

Gonna be fun to drink the other 3 cans.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never heard of this brewery or this beer, but it recently showed up in my local beer store, with its own dedicated little cooler section, so I pretty much automatically assumed it would be good stuff. Let's hope I'm right! I can always go for a new IPA in my glass.

Hey, this isn't a "New England" style hazy IPA (despite what the brewery tells you)! I'm surprised and impressed right off the bat. Though I love NEIPAs when done right, nothing in the hoppy pale ale world tickles my fancy quite like an older-school IPA that goes to bat with the best of the modern era. I hope this falls into that category. Anyway, this has a nice lighter golden color with some orange-y highlights and solid carbonation coming from the bottom of my glass. The head is a moderate finger-and-a-half with some soapy, inconsistent lace that drips back down to the decent legs this beer has. Overall, I'm into it! Slight translucent body with solid color and good carbonation show/nice head is enough for me to give an IPA a 4.25 in this day and age.

The nose is full of bright tropical fruit: pineapple, sweaty passion fruit, mango and light guava with a few backing notes of grapefruit and pomelo kicking around. I can pick up a slight grassiness as well, but nothing too overly dank. Somewhat candy-like (almost has a "marshmallow" undertone for whatever reason) with malty notes punctuating the experience. Some earthiness and raw red berry character as well. Figures this uses Mosaic. Anyway, this is very tropical and juicy smelling without being a juice-bomb from what I can tell... very solid!

On the tongue, this dances about the palate with piney flavors and bitter citrus rind before settling down to some nuanced guava, passion fruit and pineapple toward the finish. The malt is only here to be a delivery method for the intense hops going on, that's for sure. Light apricot, melon and earthy hop elements come to the fore as the beer acclimates to room temperature. Slight bitterness in the finish with more red berry and white grape fruitiness. Great transition from more tropical and citric flavors to some more bitter/harsh (not in a bad way) elements toward the end of each sip. That kind of thing makes for a memorable beer, and I appreciate the brewers for doing something interesting with this one.

Feel is on the lighter-medium side of body for a full strength (7.1%) IPA, with just about middling carbonation and a rather full finish that hits with a bitter-leaning bite. The feel, along with the appearance to some extent, is where I think the beer deviates from the NEIPA standard quite a bit. This just isn't chewy enough to be a "juicy, hazy IPA," but it's also probably better for it. Though it has a similar flavor profile to some of my favorite complex NEIPAs, it fits more into the "Nouveau IPA" category that I've coined for IPAs that seem to toe the line between modern and old-school in formulation and approach. Beers like Otter Creek Head Charge, Castle Island Hi-Def, and Lamplighter Rabbit Rabbit have a similar thing going on, and I love them for it. I adore stylistic line-blurring (and, indeed, stylistic nitpicking), and those little details make this beer better than many of its competitors. Very glad to have picked this one up, and looking forward to tasting it again (as well as whatever else I can get from Fulton)!

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light orangish amber with a thick white head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is fresh oranges. Flavor is more grapefruit forward and some pine bitterness. Feel is creamy and smooth, low carbonation. An okay beer but not really what I think of when I think NEIPA.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I received this from @vidblain. Canned 8/28/2018 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, golden-amber color with two fingers of fluffy, bright white head and lots of residual lacing. It has a fragrant nose of lemon, lime, mint, grapefruit, pine, and light floral hops. This is really good. It opens with a burst of lemon and grapefruit but with a nice malt and oat base. It's both sweet and bitter. It has a very tasty blend of Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Nelson Sauvin hops that provides both flavor and lots of bitterness. It has a nice, rich mouth feel with lively carbonation, and the 7.1% ABV is perfect: it gives the ale substance but you can easily drink a second pour. I'm surprised by the aggregate rating of this ale. I'm drinking it 6 weeks after canning but it is damn good!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice little beverage. Really like the feel and taste. Average in appearance and nose. Overall, a fine find at my local dive liquor store. Mine is icy cold.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Despite zero agitation, this beer came gushing out, resulting in a bright golden color with several inches of head. Smell is juicy, tropical fruits. Taste is juicy, pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I spent New Beer Sunday (Week 668), which was yesterday, deeply immersed in Fulton Beer's beers from MPLS MINN. Here in PA, we get distro from seemingly everywhere & it is tough to keep up with all of the newest releases. It is even more spectacular that they are coming to us in CANs for the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). Let the fun CANtinue! I ran out of steam at the end of the day yesterday so I am picking up where I left off.

From the CAN: "35 IBU".

According to the Notes, this one is meant to be a hazy NE-style AIPA, so I began with the Crack!, followed by a slow, gentle Glug just to gauge the lay of the land. I was glad that I did so since it was pouring with a goodly amount of clarity. I allowed the finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head to form on its own & then watched as it fell, leaving behind nice lacing. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-plus quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. Nose was very fruity & juicy with both citrus and tropical fruit aromas wafting up from the glass. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The bitterness was pronounced in this one, especially grapefruit citrus, but mirrored by the sweet tropical fruitiness that I got on the nose. That said, it was more bitter than sweet, just to be clear. Finish was dry, bitter and even a bit hot with its inherent alcohol. Phew! Not bad, but not the best of the lot from them, IMHO. YMMV. Once I drank down the last of the initial pour, I gave the remainder an in-CAN swirl just to see if I could stir up any lees. I did get some, but I still prefer the clarity, FWIW.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smelled and looked like a run-of-the-mill IPA. A good one, but still not a NEIPA through and through. Slightly citrus-y and floral on the nose. Tasted slightly juicy and citrus-y with more hop bite than expected and a bitter finish. Fairly smooth mouthfeel but over-carbonated. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on December 3, 2017. Canned on 2017-10-16. Look is hazy orange gold with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is juicy tropical, citrus and stone fruits. Feel is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a hazy, golden-orange color with a small, white head of fluffy foam. It smelled of citrus and tropical fruits. Hints of pine. Sweet, juicy flavor of orange and pineapple. Some sharp piney hop bitterness.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy a full of head, very inviting beer. Grapefruit citrus on the nose. Sweet flavor very citrus oriented with a very smooth finish. Not much bitterness. This one is pretty darn good.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Relatively light gold in color, faintly hazy, and topped with a frothy, sculpted head. A very pleasing sweet and fruity aroma; pine and citrus fruit rind; banana; mild lemon bread; big hop bitterness sneaking up after a few sips at the finish. Medium body; mildly coarse on the palate; fairly dry finish.

Well, I still haven't seen a good definition of what a NEIPA is, and this one doesn't seem as hazy or even as juicy as some I've experienced, yet this is still a top-notch IPA no matter how you want to describe it. It has low-key malt presence, a very fine pine and citrus quality, delivers some decent hop bitterness at the finish (more so than the supposedly juicy finish the brewery's description calls for). I like it...

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Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright gold with a very slight haze under a 1.5" off-white to cream colored blanket of foam with good retention and light lace

S: big melon, citrus, tropical and stone fruit with a few other hard to specify fruit aromas, a slight hint of dank and an initial whiff of onion or garlic that quickly drifts off

T: features a range of fruit flavors including melon, melon rind, tropical fruit, stone fruit, and a hint of berry. There is some biscuit and a mild initial sweetness

F: The body and carbonation are medium

O: packed with flavors, well prepared and nicely balanced.

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Photo of ZAP
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L-Semi hazy golden color...ample head..

S-Fresh fruitiness...tropical....melons...lemon pledge..

T-Odd flavor to this...herbal even bordering on medicinal, .lemon pledge....there are underlying notes of melons and tropical fruits....... but the odd herbal/medicinal (tough to explain) flavor overrides everything.

F-Amply carbonated...medium bodied..

O-I know it is hard to duplicate draft NE IPA's but this is not close to the Grog I had in the tap room last December. That was perhaps the best beer I had last year. This is below average. I've had 6 cans now and everyone is the same.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flavor is packed with hops and juicy, very good with some tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and very very much of apricot. But very good apricot taste. If after tasting this, and IF you don't think of apricots, your pallet is blown to wack. Nice mouth-feel with excellent carbonation. Very sticky and juicy with a light dry finish. Nice, easy drinking hazy fruity IPA. Thumbs way up!!!!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a somewhat hazy dark yellow with an average head. The aroma is powerful and fruity, with notes of pineapple, passion fruit, lemon curd, sweet-tarts, watermelon, and canned peach. The flavor starts with very sweet tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, passion fruit, as well as peach and apricot, but they all come across as rather candied, and there is a tart background flavor, like lemon syrup. The mouthfeel is light, with assertive fizzy carbonation. Overall this beer has great intensity, but there is an artificiality to the fruit flavors that is rather off-putting, in addition to an odd bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Opaque thick straw yellow with a slightly burnt yellow hue. The head is white and sea foamy with spectacular sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Orange peel zest, subtle grapefruit rind, spicy zesty hop aroma with a musty note.

Taste: Immediately juicy with orange citrus and grapefruit bitterness followed by a yeasty, musty taste not unlike another well-known west coast brewer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Wanted to like it a lot more but the musty dank component prevented a higher score.

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