Hudson Valley Brewery

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New England IPA
Ranked #306
Ranked #2,370
4.42 | pDev: 4.52%
Hudson Valley Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Sour DIPA with raw wheat, malted oat, milk sugar, cherries, dark chocolate and chamomile — hopped with Citra and Simcoe powder.
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4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, dated 3/28/18, poured into a teku

A- A deep ruby red with a two finger pink head.

S- Sour, lemons, citrus, some cherries, floral, a little earthy.

T- Sour, cherries, lemons, some chocolate, a little floral, slightly earthy, some lactose.

M- Silky smooth, medium body, creamy.

O- This beer caught me by surprise, it is not a Sour DIPA, it is just a great sour.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque deep ruby red color, with a finger of pink hued foam that settles quickly without leaving much of any residual lace.

The nose gives off a lot of sour cherries initially, much like a foederbier. A subtle bitter chocolate brings up the rear but balances a prominent herbal quality really nicely.

What I find myself liking so much about these Sour IPAs is that you can really pull out every component. Again, the tart cherries hit first, but with a distinct grassy bitterness. The chocolate is very subtle in the flavors, and instead the more organic components of the beer shine through.

The mouthfeel on this is insane, the malted oats and lactose added to the beer give it such a milky smooth quality, giving the body a good weight and making it go down so smooth. Stickiness is subtle.

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Photo of avas
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep red at its core with hints of magenta at its edges. Thick and murky. A half inch or so of pink-tinted white head formed on pour, but dissipated to a minimal ring quickly.

S: All the red fruits! Concentrated maraschino, Fuji apple, strawberry. Hints of tart berries too (think: raspberry and blueberry). Big floral notes keep it bright and earthy and far from pure juice territory. As it warms, citrus base shows itself. Reminiscent of Graven Image and Mirrorshield, Bloom is big on the lemon/lime, more sugared up Sprite than fresh cut fruit.

T: Cherry cordial! As soon as it hits your tongue, you can't help but think it's going to be too sweet. Sweet cherry coats the palate with a consistency somewhere between fresh maraschino juice and that sweetened cherry filling that sits at the center of the chocolate. Chamomile swoops in mid-taste to brighten the palate and take this far from cough syrup territory. Crisp apple and lime juice. Orange zest. Perfect acidity to counter that sweetness. Finish is so pleasant, as the sweet cherry, tart orchard/citrus fruit melange, and a subtle but essential dark cocoa bitterness meet.

M: Better than their previous sour DIPAs (and many of their sour IPAs), Bloom is drinking wonderfully right away. No astringent bitterness or cloying sweetness. Tart/sweet/bitter balance is sensational, on par with their best (think: Multichorus, Amorphia, Mirrorshield). Feel is thick and hefty, with a soft, even carbonation that holds well through the sip.

O: I was skeptical going into this one, as cherry beers tend to lean medicinal (to me), and this last batch of Ultrasphere suffered from an overuse of an eerily similar fruit. However, Bloom is a completely different beast, much more in the lineage of Multichorus/Graven/Mirrorshield than I'd anticipated. One of their best offerings for sure, and another impressive demonstration of a marriage of uncommonly combined flavors.

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Bloom from Hudson Valley Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 42 ratings