Concerned Citizen West Coast IPA
Until the pandemic I had a few of BlackStack's beers and I thought they were OK but nothing special. Then I discovered they delivered to my house, their beer was pretty good, and I ordered everything they had available. Just as i was getting burned out on hazy IPAs I discovered BlackStack Brewing Concerned Citizen West Coast IPA (7.5% alcohol by volume) a brilliant gold pour with streams of bubbles racing to the surface from the nucleation points, forming a 3” white cap with a very fine bead and good retention. Tropical fruit and melon lead the aromas supported by clean grainy sweet malt and some pine notes especially as it warms. There is no caramel scent and the aroma is not overly herbaceous or grassy. Hop aromas are medium plus and malt aromas medium minus and he aromas work together well. Hop flavor starts mellow and grows in intensity as it rolls over the tongue to high pine, fruit, and citrus flavors. The bitterness also grows from medium to high in the finish. there is just a dash of hop based astringency. It has a drying, bitter finish. The bitterness is big but gets some balance from the fruit flavors and and the malt and is not sharp or harsh. The body and carbonation are and there is very light alcohol warming. This is a perfect beer for those suffering from hazy beer burn out - it is a big bold flavor packed beer made for hop lovers. It has a very satisfying bitterness with some light, piney notes that hop lovers will cherish. I rate it 85.
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