This is Chicago’s Half Acre Brewing Co’s Double IPA and it is a bit of a monster.
It pours a inch Amber with a frothy little head and has that American IPA smell that’s full of barley sugar and pine resin.
In fact the smell is inviting and round, but appears very innocent.
It isn’t until you swig a mouthful that you realise that alongside the candy canes and Demerara sugar, honey and waffles of the malts and the lemon zest, melon, peach, redwood earthiness and pithy herbal leaves of the hops that you find that this is indeed a ten percenter that smuggles its booze into you frighteningly easily.
Lovely, but dangerous.