There’s a real hint of Lapsang Sushong tea in this little IPA, and I like it a lot.
It’s a woody and perfumed thing that sits behind the peaches and honey of the aroma and lurks in the background of the soft and subtle caramel and Belgian waffles of the malting.
You also find some candy canes and tobacco leaves while the hops bring lemon zest and grapefruit, sticky pine resin and woodland foliage.
All this makes for a beer with a superbly dry bitter finish.
Source: Ales By Mail