95 Workhorse India Pale Ale, Laurelwood Brewing Co. (OR). 7.5% ABV (2/11)
Pure amber color. Dense aromas of apricot marmalade, candied grapefruit zest and pinecone with a round, satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, rich, roasted root vegetable, arugula and citrusy hop flourish. Delicious and deeply flavorful.
94 IPA, Goose Island Beer Co. (IL). 5.9% ABV (3/10)
Deep golden amber color. Rich apricot, kumquat and grapefruit aromas have a great sour, piney edge and follow through on a rich, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with caramelized nuts, toast and cloved honey baked ham notes. Finishes with a long, chewy, herbally bitter and crunchy hop fade. Delicious and very food-friendly.
93 India Ale, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery (England). 5% ABV (3/10)
Sweet peach and apple butter aromas and flavors on the medium-bodied palate that follow through with buttered nuts and caramel accents. Rich brioche like malt and a nice dry, very earthy hop finish. A spot-on British-styled IPA.
93 Full Sail IPA, Full Sail Brewing Co. (OR). 6% ABV (3/11)
Brilliant pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade on a buttered lemon scone and pine needle with a zesty, supple dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, nut, peppercorn and kale nuanced finish with firm, citrus pith-like hops. Excellent vibrancy and balance.
93 Yellow Snow IPA, Rogue Ales (OR). 6.5% ABV (2/11)
Aromas of orange marmalade, apricot butter, fruit cake and grapefruit with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, bitter and astringent citrus pith, nut skin and peppery radicchio finish. An intense treat for hopheads.
93 India Pale Ale, Goose Island Beer Co. (IL). 5.9% ABV (2/11)
Very bright golden amber color. Bright aromas of grapefruit marmalade and apricot butter on fresh baguette with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, grilled root vegetable, okra and peppery radish sprout finish.
92 Commodore Perry IPA, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (OH). 7.5% ABV (3/11)
Bright light amber color. Aromas of floral honey, cashew brittle, peach butter and pine-planked path in forest with a soft, satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, sumptuously plush roasted root vegetable and escarole-accented finish with peppery, citrusy hops. Fantastically fresh, drinkable and stylish.