orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden. I am adding this one as an IPA because the base beer is an IPA and that flavor profile seems to be the most dominate.
A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass. Looks similar to the regular Hazleton IPA but a little cloudier.
S - Smells of pungent citric hops, dash of fruity saison yeast, some black pepper spice, some caramel malt sweetness and some fresh sliced tropical fruit. Still quite hoppy but with some fruity / spicy saison backing. Very interesting nose.
T - Starts off with a nice mix of slick citric hop bitterness, black pepper spice and some fruity saison yeast that never really fades away. Some caramel / toffee sweetness and light tropical fruitiness help round things out. Finish is a mix of hopiness, light spice and caramel sweetness, leaving the palate dried out long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, hoppy/spicy feel from start to finish. A bit of sweetness creeps in toward the end of each sip, helping to keep the palate from getting fatigued too quickly.
O - A very nice hybrid IPA. It has both sets of flavors you would expect and they are well integrated together. I would say it is a touch more IPA than saison but it doesn’t really matter. Definitely worth a shot if you are into these kinds of beers.