Style: Imperial IPA
- Untappd: 4.46/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.42/5
"In 2014, I brewed an American Pale Ale - Beneficiaries of Chance - to celebrate marrying the love of my life, Lauren. Over the years time it has become a perpetual tradition to honor our bond with a new, celebratory beer to mark the occasion. For our fourth anniversary, I am pleased to offer a new Double IPA, I Have Promises To Keep! It is brewed with copious doses of Nelson and Citra in both the kettle and the dry hop. It tastes and smells strongly of citrus, sweet sauvignon blanc grapes, and gooseberries. It is loaded with flavor and yet maintains an easy drinking, mouth watering appeal. As the years pass by, and bonds grow deeper, it’s vital to reflect upon, and give thanks for, the special people in your life. I sincerely hope that this beer may serve as a vehicle to do so."
Pours out the typical golden yellow/brilliant orange with that familiar murky body and two fingers of solid, white head.
I love that distinct Tree House yeast smell. This is a grapefruit and orange sherbet nuke for sure as this reeks (in a good way) of fresh-squeezed juice and some white whine. Juicy Fruit gum and orange sherbet are fantastic additions to the aroma and again, that yeasty smell is great. Not much in the way of bitterness, but the smell is so pleasant, I can forgive it for not being balanced.
The taste retains a lot of the juicy goodness from the aroma, but has the addition of the bitter bite that was missing from the nose. Orange juice is a big flavor throughout and is accented on both the front and back by the aforementioned sherbet and grapefruit. The back end contains even more of that bitter hop flavor and it is what remains in the aftertaste. A Juicy ride with bitter bookends.
The body is full and creamy, buy maybe not as creamy as you'd expect. It's never watered-down at any point, but it should still feel fluffier. ABV is non-existent and it drinks easy.
I Have Promises To Keep Delivered on the Citra and Nelson in big ways, but a lighter-than-expected body keeps it from reaching elite levels. Still, this is another stellar IPA from a brewery with an entire catalogue of world class offerings. This one fits right in with the family and could be a welcome addition to their rotation.