Monday, December 11, 2017

Idle Hands Six Seam

The Stats
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.52/5
- Untappd: 4.4/5
- RateBeer: N/A

"Subtle spice character from rye complements the increased hopping rates and focus on Mosaic hops. The characteristic smooth pillowy mouthfeel and reduced bitterness elevates the notes of peach, apricot, mango and pineapple."

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head.

The aroma has a strong bouquet of sweet fruits. Tangerine and berries are prominent. An underlying spice note with orange rind and a touch of dankness shine brightly as well.

The taste provides a lot more bitterness that the aroma would lead you to believe, but it is always welcome. There's lots of orange and lemon peel, but not too much in the way of citrus fruit itself. More of those berries are back from the aroma, but with no tartness. I'm getting a decent amount of powdery malts and they tend to stick around after each swig. The sweeter fruits are here on the return as guava and mango seem to be what's coming to mind first. The finish keeps with the theme of sweetness and mixes in some of those malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. This clocks in at over 8%, but the body isn't syrupy at all. No alcohol to be found and it drinks easy.

Six Seam had a good combination of sweet fruits mixed with subtle spice, dankness, and a solid malt base. Compared to Four Seam, I think I'd stick with the latter as that seemed to have more robust flavors and higher drinkabilty By itself, Six Seam is still a solid DIPA that stands on its own.


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