Brouwerij de Molen Twenty One Grams – American Double / Imperial IPA at 10.2% ABV

Brouwerij de Molen Twenty One Grams American Double / Imperial IPA at 10.2% ABV (C$9.00 at Zyn,  330 ml, no bottle date or best before)

Pours cloudy pale gold with one finger of short-lived light tan head, spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is toffee, pine, tropical fruit, pithy grapefruit, slight buttery diacetyl. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, strong bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, building bitter and boozy finish. (4/5)

Intensely bitter hop bomb, but it seems to be blunted by the strong toffee malt flavours – though some of that might be the pine resin from the hops. I think I’d like this better if the balance were more to the bright citrus instead. Good, not great. (Unless your criterion is getting ‘faced, in which case, carry on.) (14/20)

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