Cactus (Double Dry-Hopped)
Tilted Barn Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #497
Ranked #6,109
4.55 | pDev: 5.27%
Tilted Barn Brewery
Rhode Island, United States
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/26/20; consumed on 5/30/20

Pours a completely turbid and brilliantly glossy mango orange body topped with a frothy, slightly off-white two fingers of foam; decent head retention leaves a thin curtain of cap, a light, frothing collar, and a relentless spatter of spotty/webby lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with a wave of fresh menthol, grassy, herbal, and vivid, before easing into a hoppy tropical fusion of spiced tangerine, mango peel, creamy peach, and melon rind, with an overarching pineapple tone touching every aspect of the bouquet; a hint of dirt on the back end brings the building, underlying grit to fruition and in harmony with the bright citrus.

Taste brings forth plenty of ripe peach and mango upfront, accented with raw earth essence and wilted mint into the mid-palate; papaya, mushy apricot, and pineapple offer further contrast along with tones of underripe honeydew, while touches of cream are interspersed throughout yet not intrusive.

Mouthfeel features a medium body accentuated by a moderate, prickly carbonation; a touch resinous and mildly oily into the mid-palate, embracing a level grit as a crisp, near-perfect juicy texture bursts into the back end with a light, lingering hop acidity.

This is NEIPA approaching it's most masterful, and Tilted Barn at the height of their brewing prowess; hoppy aggression fuses with silky nuance, the raw marries the refined, and the result is intensely juicy, gripping on the palate, and a near-visceral pleasure to drink.

Jun 01, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - pours that uncompromising Tilted Barn haze. Fluffy white head with sticky lacing sits atop turbid, milky, mango juice.

S - honeydew melon creamsicle. Vaguely buttery bouquet of fruit salad, complete with that cream cheese sauce. Almost menthol-like in its crisp, penetrating, wintry freshness.

T - this is probably totally confirmation bias, but there is distinct prickly pear herbaceousness. It may not be the exact flavor, but it feels the same. Fruity fruit light on sugar. Aggressive herbal balance. Lightly sweet with a huge earth backbone. Mild melon, clementine, and a grassy blast of minty-fresh hop oil. Guava, bubblegum, and tangerine juice. The DDH comes out in the back with lip-smacking hop residue. Decent bitterness.

F - supple and creamy. Low carbonation and deceptively easy-drinking.

O - one of my favorite TB beers because of the sharp, focused flavor, but the general lackadaisical "coolness" about it. All fruity flavors are green, concise, and to the point with generous crisp..ness to suck up any lingering sweet or sugar. The DDH doesn't add a whole lot to this beer from what I remember, but the extra lupulin on the back is new. Still as great a beer as ever.

Oct 28, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the brewery

hazy opaque pale yellow straw color, thick white head. good lacing. nice big fruity hop aroma. similar flavor, moderate bitterness. softer mouthfeel.

Jun 30, 2018
Cactus (Double Dry-Hopped) from Tilted Barn Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 13 ratings