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XXXX IPA ~ Shipyard

Appearance: deep rich ambers and blood red oranges. Orange pith head fades fast into a thin collar and nothing else.

Nose: fresh oranges and lemons. Orange blossoms and white pepper. Mango flitters about. Biscuit of the Whitbread variety. Tropical esters tease with coconut milk, mango, and papaya. Key-lime. Bitterness of skins in the back.

Palate: clean procession first quaff to last. Sweet then biscuits than malty then tropical then dry. Mango, papaya, guava. Raw coconut in the back and underneath, husky nuttiness. Sweetness of fruit flesh in the center, quick and fleeting. Long dry finish of fruit skins and white pepper. Lemon and key-lime. Lips are sticky with honey and mango nectar. Crunchy biscuits underneath.

Final Thoughts: loved the nice long lingering bitterness in the finish. Shipyard is hit and miss largely because these delicate beers are meant to be drank as fresh as possible and sometimes travel and time is beers worst enemy. Not always though as evidence by this tasty imperial IPA that both my Love and I enjoyed.

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(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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