Decadent Ales
Opulence India Pale Ale (Double Dry Hopped With Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, And Vic Secret Hops)
American IPA
New York
16oz, 4-Pack
Unusually thin head, half a finger, bright white with an even surface, the lacing is moderate and more apt to slide than stick. Completely opaque, apricot skin hue, carbonation must be aggressive because you can see a lot of big bubbles rising next to the glass. Huge nose, very pungent, featuring white to pink grapefruit, guava, mango to melon fruit scents, pine, cracker and minute bit of pepper, starts out like it might get dank but almost as quickly cleans up, albeit too dewy to consider it fresh. Full-bodied and heavy, can't feel any carbonated lift through the pureed character liquid. On the whole it's dry but not bitter nor does it desiccate the palate. The fruit leans more towards blood orange with a pink grapefruit sidekick. Pine tar, earthy but missing any high-toned grassy notes. Conversely, the pineapple, nectarine, papaya to star fruit flavors possess enough bite to cut through the beer's fleshiness. Again, more cracker or pie crust than dough, malts seem to provide more textural smoothness than overt flavor. Finish is monochrome but goes on and on. Big initial impression yet the more you sip the less compelling it becomes.
4 out of 5