LongShot Double IPA

Double IPA by homebrewer Mike McDole
Samuel Adams, LongShot collection

Great story behind this one, too.

Appearance:
Pours a deep golden, almost pumpkin color with a solid finger of frothy white head. This one just looks thick and sweet!

Smell:
Lots of hoppy goodness and maltiness coming through. Hints of caramel and burnt sugars as well as a few mild citrus notes peaking through.

Taste:
Ahh, this is what a Double IPA should taste like. Nice volume of sweet malt mixed with a complex delivery of spicy and floral hop oils. Very hoppy yet sweet enough to balance the beer right out. Very well done!

Mouthfeel:
Thick and sticky, warming, yet oddly refreshing.

Drinkability:
Well, again, don’t listen to me because I’m a “big beer” lover, but I found this one to be extremely easy to enjoy. Thick but smooth, and though the hops are omnipresent they’re not overpowering.

Overall:
I’ve extremely pleased with this one. Sam should compensate Mr. McDole well for this one and produce it as-is either as a seasonal or a regular limited edition. A fine example of the style. A solid A.

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