Knee Deep Brewing Co. Hoptologist DIPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 9% ABV | 102 IBU

Knee Deep Brewing Co. Hoptologist DIPA American Double / Imperial IPA at 9% ABV | 102 IBU (C$8.13 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, bottle date 26-Oct-2015, acquired 13-Oct-2016, reviewed 15-Oct-2016)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with two fingers of fluffy ivory head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: resiny pine, caramel malt, grapefruit zest, grassy. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (6/10) Medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (3/5)

Please don’t be malt-forward, please don’t be malt-forward, please don’t be malt-forward…  huh. It’s… sort ofnot malt forward. Malt heavy, sure, but not dominant. But the malts and the hops appear to be a mish-mash of whatever they could get their hands on – there’s certainly no overriding theme here. And yes, it’s way, way too old. I’d try it younger if I could get it younger, except I’m in the friggin’ boonies, do they deliver this shit by walking it over the border, yadda yadda yadda. On the other hand, the big ABV doesn’t really factor, so there’s that. It’s a big, malty DIPA. If that’s your thing, go nuts – but I’m less than impressed. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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