HARD TO SEE what else one could ask for in an IPA, ‘one’ in this case not being a hop zealot. Golden on the verge of amber at the edges with a lacy but not too aggressive head. Extremely complex in composition (Pilsner-, Münchener-, Cara Pils, Melanoidin malt; Herkules, Tomahawk, Summit, Chinook, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade hops), but remarkably balanced in execution. Malts established enough to give an alluring color and body enough to have a backbone as well as wax to 6%. Some herbs and a bit of hay in the nose, though Amarillo’s tartness and Cascade come mostly to the fore eventually. Hops are indeed present throughout the remainder of the flavor to the finish, but without any untoward spikes. Bitterness couched nicely in the finish—no growing brackishness to worry about here—and just enough phenols to make the roof of the mouth water in thinking about it. Probably will regret not giving this a straight ‘A’ outright, but need to try a full glass again to be persuaded.
Served: On tap (Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen)