7 Mile Brewery
Seven Suns Double India Pale Ale
American Double/Imperial IPA
New Jersey
7.5%
16oz, 4-Pack
$12.19
Big, frothy head three fingers high, light tan to eggshell white, excellent density and retention, lasts forever, the lacing comprised of long, thin streaks crisscrossing the glass like a web. The liquid is a shiny, clean coppery orange hue, curiously hardly any visible bubbles. There is a pungent dankness to the nose, leafy and close to vegetal, metal shavings and earth, slowly shifts into biscuit, cracked pepper, wet asphalt and tangerine pulp, the basic peach, apricot, pineapple fruit scents lost in the shuffle. Full-bodied, while the carbonation is creamy on the whole it keeps moving and thus there is some freshness and relief from the weight. Spotlights the tangerine, blood orange to lesser white grapefruit citrus, more tang than juiciness. Spicy, peppery with a quinine, mineral water edge. Caught between bread crusts and burnt pie crust. Echoes of maple syrup and honey. The pineapple, nectarine, papaya fruit still dry here but better knit into the whole. However, this is just one of those beers where just when you think you are locked into that plateau of simple enjoyment it swerves off the road. So, after awhile you just stop trying.
3 out of 5