Big Smoke Brew Co. The Judge (8.5%)

Big Smoke’s Double IPA hides its alcohol frighteningly well.
So well in fact, that with its lovely juicy hops and big malty kiss, it’d be far too easy to find yourself drinking this into oblivion.
The beer pours a sunny gold with a fluffy little head and smells of peaches and apricots and a little woody spice.
There’s a solid chewy malt backbone that’s packed with caramel and brioche, honey and bagels that’s underpinned by a tiny prickle of earthy yeast and then a big blast of hoppy adventure.
Citra and Mosaic combine to give you lashings of lemon curd and tangerine zest, lime leaves and melon while the Simcoe adds some fresh rolling tobacco and a resinous woodiness that makes the beer dry and pithy in the finish.
And all the while that booze hides away, only popping up with the slightest hint of brandy snaps right at the very end.
This is a very good beer indeed.

Source: Big Smoke Brew Co.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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