Island City Brewing
Docksider Double IPA
My Island City Brewing Docksider Double IPA (8.2% alcohol by volume) was packaged two and a half weeks ago. It pungent, smelling of citrus, fresh mowed grass, wet grass and some tropical fruit. You can smell it from an arm's length away and closer up some melon comes through supported by biscuit and a trace of caramel. Hop aromas are high and malt aromas medium low. Fermentation character is clean. It pours brilliant polished brass under a 2" persistent beige foam cap with a fine bead. The beer is insanely creamy and worth drinking for the texture alone. Hop flavors are layered and complex going through several shades as the beer moves through your mouth. Initially they line up citrus, tropical fruit and wet grass dank but the order changes as you savor the beer. Hop flavors are high with a mild initial sweetness that balances the medium high bitterness. The bitterness is big, but not harsh. Hop spiciness comes in mid-palate and really shows up in the finish where a slight astringent notes joins in drying the beer out a little. The alcohol flavor is moderate and the alcohol is mildly warming - not hot or harsh. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium and very soft and creamy. All the parts of this beer work together very well. This beer hits all the right buttons and is an absolute delight to drink. I rate it 95.
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