Lone Eagle Brewing Co.
Maiden Flight West Coast Style IPA
American IPA
New Jersey
16oz, 4-Pack
Thin head, even surface, bright white, dissipates fairly quickly, however, the lacing forms broad streaks and sticks quite well. Decent clarity to the liquid, a resplendent brass orange hue, scattered bubbles which float slowly towards the surface. Huge juicy tangelo, pink grapefruit to lime citrus in the nose, splashes all over, at the same time sourdough crust, peppercorns, and tar provide contrast, the peach, nectarine, mango fruit ripe without seeming sugary, the dank hops are proportionate to the whole, stays broad shouldered for an extended period. Full-bodied, here the sweetness glues it to the tongue and the carbonation provides just a light tickle. That said, it's strong suit remains all that juicy pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus as well as the papaya, mango, guava fruit, with a drizzle of honey on top. The tar, black tea leaf and wet cut grass again steady counterpoint and overall not that bitter. Manages the alcohol level well, no burn. There's something simple about it in a good way, just satisfying without requiring you to think about why you like it.
4 out of 5