Brewery: Pinthouse Pizza
Style: Double IPA (22A)
Package: 16oz Can
Purchased: Beer to-go!
Canned Date: June 19, 2020
Consumed Date: July 7, 2020
Details From the Brewer
Batch 2 of Emilio oozes with all the coolness you’d expect on the return of this collab with our buds @greencheekbeer. We’ve once again zeroed in on a primarily single variety loaded hop bill to showcase this year’s hand-selected mango-forward Citra hops from Black Star Ranch. We then threw in some Galaxy for good measure and a dash of Black Star Simcoe at a combined sum of 10+ lbs. of hops per barrel to bring it all home. Flavors of ripe melon, pineapple and mango sticky rice are all anchored on a fluffy AF mouthfeel, compliments of a malt bill centered on flaked barley, oats and wheat.
Aroma – 12/12
Pineapple and mango jump out of the nose at a high level. A subtler resin and papaya note add some complexity. There’s a fresh fruit sweetness, with a white bread and dough malt note. Whiffs of alcohol.
Appearance – 3/3
Pours a light yellow liquid. Haze is strong creating a thick opaqueness. Small and fine bubble make up a modest head with average retention.
Flavor – 18/20
Gobs of pineapple, peach and mango. A subtle sweetness joins, but surprisingly dry. There’s a light grainy, doughy malt character. Moderate bitterness. Lighter fruit flavors of berry, apple and citrus come out in the back half. The finish is quick, but leave a lingering bouquet of fruit. The balance is all hops.
Mouthfeel – 5/5
Soft throughout the taste. Medium bodied, yet not cloying. Just below moderate carbonation. The begins of legs form on the glass’s sides. Some alcohol warmth in the back of the mouth on the finish.
Overall Impression – 9/10
A spectacular triple IPA. Surprisingly light in color, dry, and fruity. It hides the alcohol well while cold, but as it warms you can really see it on the finish. For the level of hop expression here, its really impressive not to have any vegetal notes come through.
Rating – 47/50
The first time I tried this IPA I was blown away. I’ve never had a >10% IPA that was so dry and drinkable. This year’s batch maintains the same trend. Pinthouse clearly likes some of the tricks they picked up from Green Cheeks here, since you see similar traits on Fog Runner and some of their other IPAs now. The Citra hops selected here are top notch. No cattiness or body odor notes at all.