Saturday, April 4, 2015

Summit Unchained 18 Hop Silo Double IPA

The Summit Brewing Company is in St. Paul, Minnesota and has been making craft beer since 1986.  This is part of their Unchained Series of limited release special batch beers. Number 18 in the series is the first to be canned, and is a 8.3% ABV double IPA. It is Summit's first beer to crack 100 IBU's and has 101.

The beer pours a deep amber, with burnt orange, a touch hazed. There is a tall and thick head of off-white foam that leaves much thick lacing down the glass. The aroma is tropical fruit and citrus, balancing on ample caramel malt, but hops stay at the forefront. The taste follows the aromas, hops out front, passion fruit and citrus, a touch of pine sap, all over ample caramel malt. The finish is very dry, astringent, bitter. It has the feeling of its massive IBU’s. This isn’t for the faint of heart.

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