Friday, March 2, 2018

Wormtown Buddha's Juice

The Stats
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.5%
Current Ratings...
- Untappd: 4.01/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.12/5
- RateBeer: 3.77/5

"We selected the rare Buddha’s hand, a variety of citron with long fingers and no fruit inside, along with grapefruit peel at the end of the boil to reinforce the citrus qualities of our American hops. Intense zest and flavorful but not bitter pith contribute to the juicy hop profile of this unique brew."

Pours to a rusty orange appearance and a finger of white head.

Deep, resinous hops on the aroma give way to mild potpourri and perfume. Heavily acidic grapefruit with spicy hop oils and resins will clear your sinuses.

That big bite of acidity is dialed down a notch on the taste and it leaves a sweet citrus flavor. Oranges and tangerines come to mind first, but plenty of that fresh grapefruit is still here. While some aspects of the aroma stepped aside, that big, resinous, syrupy factor is taking shape and just engulfing my palate. I'm not sure of the hop profile, but there's a seismic spice quality to this that can't be ignored and it was clearly aimed to work off the hop oils and resins. The back end does let up enough to let the aforementioned sweeter, citrus notes take over and help combat the resinous nature of the beer.

Mouthfeel is full with a thick, syrupy body. Some alcohol warming is noticeable with each sip and a little more carbonation would have helped move the body along.

Buddha's Juice is not your typical New England juice or hop nuke. This one comes storming out of the gate as a 9.5% Double IPA and never takes its foot off the gas. It's a massive IPA with a thick body and tons of spice and resin. It luckily has just enough citrus presence to help ease the intensity and assist with drinkability.


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