ClarkVV (7294) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Can drunk 9/14/16.
Great appearance, as usual, from this series, boasting a large, well-retained, white head atop a moderately hazy, tangerine-golden body.
The nose is almost Nelson-like in its funky, dank, green character with very light minerality and lots of stone fruit. Herbs, pepper and lots of mossy-green citrus notes of tangerine, lemon and light grapefruit pith. Delicate malts sit in the background, not disrupting the flow of the hops and adding only light biscuit/cracker. No alcohol or flaw and a very nice strength of aroma, overall.
In the mouth it plays out a little differently, as the lightly funky, green, nelson-like character is quite minimal while in its place is a rather aggressive grapefruit-lemon bitterness with bright, sharp streaks of resin and only light juiciness. Very light-bodied and one of the lower abv morphs in recent months and here it suffers a bit, not showing as much soft malt depth which would really help balance this acidity. Still very drinkable and not problematic or anything, but not making good on how lovely the nose is. It’s possible that 6 days old is too fresh for these, as I’ve been finding more and more that Tree House, Trillium and such really hit their stride after about 10-15 days in the can.