Saturday, October 6, 2012
Hopped and Bothered; Firestone Double IPA
Alcohol content 9.5%. As soon as I pried off the top, grapefruit assaulted me. I wasn't sure to do, as the fan was blowing and the scent instantly filled the room. Pine. Leaves. Hops. Malt. All of the basic ingredients that make for an excellent DIPA. But does it hold up?
An astounding awwwwyeah. The mouth is tangy and instantly filled with citrus, lingering like oil on the palette. The smell remains, growing sweeter with each passing minute. The taste continues to linger, shifting from pine and citrus to malty sweetness. Pineapple is also present. The feel is oily and lingering. The finish is dry and crisp, the bitterness of the hops finally coming fully forth. The alcohol burn is lessened by the strength of the big flavors. A hefty beer.
Buy if: just buy it.
Overall: packed full of citrus and malt, this DIPA balances both and comes out tasting like brown sugary sprinkled on top of grapefruit.
4.5 out of 5.