It's been awhile since I reviewed one of our own beers, as it turns out I'm well pleased with this Double IPA we have - it turns 2 months old today and it is really coming along nicely. If you hate hops, you will HATE this beer. We did not skimp at all with the late kettle additions and dry hops on the Completion, and the result is a super flavorful, easy to drink big beer that I will be lament being out of. Using the RateBeer system, here are my thoughts - add yours if you've come over to try it...
This guy finished at 8.2%, 116 IBUs, 1.017 FG
Appearance (4/5): Pours a gorgeous light orange with some ruby hues, good white head on it.
Aroma (8.5/10): Big hop aroma: Grapefruit, Pine and Tropical Fruits all up in your nose
Taste (8/10): Definitely on the hop-focused side of balanced, bitter but not harsh. Citrus and fruit flavor picked up on the nose.
Palate (3.5/5): A little too bitter, but the taste doesn't linger, smooth for a IIPA, no alcohol 'heat'
Overall (17/20) I think it's pretty great, especially for a first attempt. It's a hop showcase, the Pacific Jade and Amarillo dominate, with the citrus and pine flavors filling in the gaps. Next version I suggest we take 15-20 IBUs off and leave everything else the same.
Hope I have some left for our Christmas party...