This is a full-flavored brew that, while certainly hop-forward, is not overdone or too bitter. Initial aromas of pine resin and grapefruit rind lead the nose, with additional scents of caramel, brown bread, and dried peach and apricot. The malts do a good job of keeping the palate grounded, with caramel and sweet bread dough flavors to balance out the assertive bitter-hop characteristics. With a full texture, rich palate and extremely long, dry finish, this is definitely a bottle best shared with friends.
Pine resin and grapefruit pith dominate the bouquet for sure, but a second deep nosing can uncover soft notes of dried apricot and fresh caramel squares in the background. Clean and balanced in the mouth, it’s full-bodied and assertive but balanced between the hop and malt characters. A touch of green peppercorn jazzes up the finish, showing great evolution from toasty grain to spice and finally to piney hop bitterness.