Our next beer is in my favorite category of beer; the double IPA. It is from Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, Oregon and available in 22oz bottles. This is my first beer from Ninkasi, which I just discovered when I moved here.
It pours a milky amber with a good head.
The smell is subtle. I was expecting a big hop aroma, but it is mild but flowery hop.
The taste is initially big hop, but then balances quickly in the mouth. Bitterness, which I am a big fan of, doesn't really set in until the back of the jaw. It is one of the most well-balanced Double IPA's I've had, it offers up a smooth taste.
The aftertaste leaves a strong hop flavor which lingers nicely. It is slightly floral, but again, very balanced. Quite drinkable indeed!
It is 8.8% with 100+ IBU's ( a little surprising to me to find that out, showing how well-balanced the beer is...)