Friday, June 22, 2012

Ass Kisser Double IPA

Ass Kisser Ales are from San Jose, California.  This is a 7.75% ABV double India pale ale.

The beer pours orange, amber and copper in color.  There is a tall half-inch of thick and creamy head that is off-white in color.  The aroma is intensely orange, somewhat sweet, between orange marmalade and candied oranges.  The orange is over a malted caramel base, and some English style tea with cream.  There is just a hint of a whiff of pine.  The taste follows the aromas, lots of sweet and tart orange over a solid malt base that is toasted and caramel.  The mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy, with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that prevents any cloying sweetness.  I have had DIPA's that had a similar approach (orange and malty), but none as flavorful and well executed as this one.  This is worth seeking out.

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