I’ve been so busy drinking beer over the Holidays. It’s been tough. As I mentioned, my favorite time of the year is beer trades and exchanges. From my beer trade with Chicago, I tried the “Crank it Hop” IPA from Imperial Oak Brewing Company. From a grolwer, the suds still had great carbonation and I was able to complete the hard job of tasting 32 ounces of beer. Enough already…here are the notes.
Appearance: Transparent gold with white head
Aroma: Bitter and hoppy aroma with sweet citrus
Taste: Very sweet matly and caramel flavor in the front end. Follows with slight citrus flavors of orange and grapefruit and ends with strong hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth finish and buttery mouthfeel throughout.
Overall: Very well balanced IPA. It is a sweeter IPA than you typically expect when you think of the style, but the sweetness is pleasant. Smooth drink that was easy to finish even 32 ounces of.
ES Rating: 4.5/5 Suds
Cheese: Sweet fig goat cheese with toasted salty almonds and dried cranberries
Appetizer: Candied bacon!
Entree: Grilled barbecue chicken with sauteed green beans and sweet potato puree
Dessert: Caramel Cheesecake
Cigar: Alec Bradley American Sun Grown