Appearance: Beautiful deep amber with crimson hues. It builds a thumb of sturdy khaki head which holds its shape pretty well. Good lacing as we go.
Aroma: Like a coke addict, one sniff and we’re hooked! That alluring caramel sweetness is so so satisfying. On top of that is a gorgeous hint of toffee apple, nutty maple and honey. Then there’s the balancing influence of the hops which yield a neat little fusion of tropical fruits, slightly dank herbs, eucalyptus and sappy pine resin. When this style is executed properly (like this) it is so damn good.
Flavour: There’s a subtle switch of dominance which we’re loving. The hops win the battle and bring their citrusy, piney and mildly sweet fruity characters to the forefront. That delicious caramel malt sweetness isn’t far behind though, coming straight through and pulling the hops in to line. This tussle goes back and forth until it eventually fades off the palate.
Mouthfeel: Kinda sticky but dry in the swallow. Medium body, perfect carbonation. 6.5% ABV also right on the money.
Overall: Practically faultless. Love, love, love how the malts dominate the aroma but the hops dominate the flavour. The balance is pitch perfect and it’s well rounded in the mouth. They’re on a winner here!