Falling Leaf IPA Tasting Notes:
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark gold with burt orange overtones. A puffy cloud like whitish-tan head sits atop.
Smell: Sharp, cutting citrus,pine and sweet malt.
Taste: Starts smooth and malty, lazily giving way to a moderate bitterness that transitions nicely to a finish of aromatic, bright, floral hops.
Mouthfeel: Slightly under carbonated, malty with a moderately bitter finish.
Drinkability & Notes: While this finished lighter then what I would consider the average IPA it has a wonderful malt flavor that is extremely clean and supports the heaping amount of late addition hops. It has a moderate hop bitterness as opposed to the over the top bitterness in many of the commercial examples with huge hop aromatics and flavors on the finish.
For me the highlight of this beer is the finish. The finish is loaded with amazing hop flavors yet just enough bitterness to cut through the malt The Simcoe really dominates with its pine and grapefruit flavors while the Citra and Amarillo play off them nicely with their citrus and floral contributions.
I brought a half keg to a Thanksgiving party a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit with all everyone. The keg wound up going super fast and made me wish that I had brought a full keg instead of a half. At the party I was describing the beer as more of a strong Pale Ale then an IPA but a lot of people thought it was perfectly in the range of and IPA style beer. Either way, what it lacks in bitterness it more than makes up with its hoppy finish, making this truly enjoyably and accessible, hoppy beer.