Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.
American IPA
22oz, Single
Finger of deep tan, even surface, average retention, the lacing forms dispersed splotches without much stickiness. Coppery orange liquid with a very light haze, lots of active bubbles throughout the glass. Malty nose of cocoa powder, Ovaltine then white pepper, mown grass and tar resin, touch of orange citrus but minimal pineapple, peach, papaya fruit scents, the funkiness clouds over these. In the mouth it's medium-bodied with good firmness. Like the nose the first impression is of malts, chocolate, caramel leading into pie dough and croissant notes. Slight elevation in the apricot, peach, pineapple fruit, however, never gets all that juicy, dry in general texture. Mild grapefruit, orange accents stretch out from start to finish. No dank bite but there is that drying tingle. There's no tragic flaw here but it comes across as bland and lacking in decisive personality.
2 out of 5