Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sebago Brewing Company - Full Throttle Double IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

Sebago's Double IPA pours a foggy amber with plenty of unfiltered yeast floating around. The head is very thick with a dense creamy consistency with a lightly yellowed color. The foam retention is excellent with lacing to match. The nose is very sweet with a distinctive fruity tone. The hops are lightly piercing and pack a citrusy aroma.

Big luscious hops define the beer with a tight, very piney flavor. There's a light vanilla component that helps to smooth out the bold bitterness. The pronounced hop character is the result of a 1 month dry hopping and an impressive hop bill featuring Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe varieties. The beers sweetness also shines through. It is strong, but not cloying and hides the alcohol well. The finish has a bit of a warming character, but remains very clean.

Final Verdict: A-

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