Beavertown: Skull King Double IPA (England: IIPA: 8.7% ABV)
Visual: Slightly cloudy apricot. Large off white bubbles head. No visible carbonation.
Nose: Pine. Floral. Resin. Grapefruit. Good bitterness. Dried pineapple. Digestives. Dried passion fruit.
Body: Bitter. Kumquat. Passon fruit. Kiwi. New York style cheesecake. Quite dry. Some fruit sugars. Frothy mouthfeel.
Finish: Kiwi. Bitterness. Grapes. Hop oils. Bready. Slight gritty touch.
Conclusion: Oh, hello, another very dry IIPA, following quickly on the heels of Restorative beverage for invalids and convalescents. Is this starting a trend? I can but hope. This one really keeps to a low level of sweetness for an IIPA, there are some fruit sugars but I didn’t get any of the expected big toffee or similar backbone. Interesting.
This does provide something a bit different – from the understated, more floral and pine nose, to the dry and solid dry fruit body, to the bready hop…
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