Baxter Brewing Co.
Bootleg Fireworks Double India Pale Ale
American Double/Imperial IPA
16oz, 4-Pack
Close to three finger high head of orange tinted cream white, lots of pockmarks and dimples, you can watch them pop across the surface, retention is good plus and the lacing forms very broad sheets which stick tenaciously. Past haziness into cloudiness, so much particulate floating about it's opaque, what bubbles can be seen form loose beads. Concentrated tangerine, orange citrus notes in the nose, like pulpy orange juice, very dank and herbaceous and earthy, dried fruit nature to the pineapple, apricot, guava fruit scents, pine sap and cocoa to Ovaltine nuances, its power makes it somewhat unfocused. Full-bodied, were it not for the keen prickle to the carbonation it might sit inert on the palate. Bitter twist through the green leafiness and grassiness, the inherent sweetness of the apricot, peach, pineapple fruit does not find its footing. Pine, earth appear throughout, there is a strong booziness to it which can even evoke coconut, caramel oak flavors. Here too it's all about the brawn, scoffing at the though of subtlety or integration. So, kudos for pushing the pedal to the metal but would be much better were it to put it on cruise control for a few miles.
3 out of 5

Edited by Marc Hanes (09-17-2017 16:27:55)