The first thing I noticed was the head. Sneaky little bastard looked non-foamy, but then started foaming up on me. Almost lost some over the side, but it stopped just in time, like I planned it that way. The head sticks around for a long time. Fluffy and creamy. Looks like a beer milkshake.
The smell is of citrusy hops. Grapefruit again. Surprise, surprise. Let’s take a sip.
That is the sound of the hops-bat hitting me in the face. I don’t know shite about the Simcoe hops that this is made from, but I’ll tell you this…Simcoe hops aren’t screwing around. Bitterness from start to finish. Hopheads: you may rejoice.
The incredible hop flavor completely masks any alcohol flavor you might get from the 9% ABV.
I’m still amazed at how flavorful and powerful the hops are. I have to Google to figure out how many IBUs this puppy is…HOLY HELL…153! I do believe that this sets a record for the highest IBU I’ve had.
Now, I’m not a huge hophead myself, and I wouldn’t drink more than a couple of these in any one sitting. I give this one high marks for creativity and pretty much blowing the doors off the IBU scale.