Whirl Domination
To Øl

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Style:
New England IPA
ABV:
6.2%
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3.93 | pDev: 4.58%
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2
Ratings:
7
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Whirl DominationWhirl Domination
Notes: Brewed and packaged by Mikkeller Brewing Co., San Diego, CA, under contract from To Øl. Hazy IPA with Idaho 7, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra.

European version brewed at To Øl.
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/19/2019. Pours opaquely hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Excellent complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is an excellent NEIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Great soft feel for the style. Awesome Idaho 7, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra profile. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a perfectly balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressively spot on style example as expected. No complaints.

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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thickly hazy, almost perfectly opaque brew. Very good head production, with absolutely astonishing retention and lacing, with a thick off-white cap of foam covering a peachy, dark lemon-yellow body 15-20 minutes after the pour.

Juicy and herbal nose, unsurprisingly implying modern hop varietals, most likely Australian and New Zealand (and perhaps Citra and/or Mosaic). There is also a pungent earthy tone, not unlike dirt or truffles, to go along with mango, pineapple, oregano, pepper, lemon, grapefruit, citrus rind, mandarin orange, star fruit, peach, berries, and cream. Lovely nose, but that minor earthy tone throws it off a touch.

Can't quite deliver on the palate. It's a touch watery, and although it's somewhat creamy, there's quite a bit of sting as well. Mango, papaya, pepper, peach, and lemon make their way onto the profile, along with pale malt grains and honey, but the overall profile is weak, lacking any punch or depth.

It's by no means an unenjoyable brew, but once you get past the appearance and the nose, there's nothing that makes it stand out as great, or even much above average. Per style, I would call this a drinkable and acceptable, but thoroughly unremarkable, take on a New England IPA, and well below the quality To Øl can produce.

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Whirl Domination from To Øl
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 7 ratings