Dear Mama DDH IPA
BlackStack Brewing Dear Mama is a double dry hopped (DDH) IPA with 7.1% alcohol by volume. It was packaged tow days ago and is packed with fruit cocktail of big hop aromas including melon, tropical fruit, pineapple, and light stone fruit notes. There is nothing grassy or herbal in the aromas and the malt aromas are clean and neutral. It pours hazy straw under a robust 3” rocky cap with good retention and a very fine bead. The beer has a light shine. It is hazy but not murky and there are not floaties or particulate matter. It starts sweet and fruity under the tongue and then gets moderately bitter by mid palate and dries out on the finish with a touch of hop-based astringency. It initially has some creaminess that dissipates by the finish. The fermentation character is moderately low and works with the hops. The bitter hop character carries through the aftertaste but it is not sharp or harsh. The malt character is low with some light sweet grainy notes with no toast or caramel. Dear Mama finishes off-dry. The beer is not starchy and the alcohol provides support but is not hot or harsh. Dear Mama is smooth with a medium plus body and medium carbonation. The alcohol is mildly warming and there is a slight hop astringent note. The beer is viscous and does not have an acidic twang. I really like this beer. It is a hefty full flavored hazy DDH IPA with rich hop flavors and a bitter that sits very well. I rate it 89.
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