Review - Karl Strauss Brewing Company's 2009 To the 9’s
"The beer is an Imperial IPA brewed to celebrate 2009. Unlike most Imperial IPAâ€™s that are very citrussy/piney from Pacific Northwest hops, To the 9â€™s uses a lot of noble hops for a more earthy, resinous, woodsy aroma and flavor. We used 9 different hop varieties so the beer is very complex." -- Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Pours a cloudy orange hue that quickly clarifies in the glass with some moderate carbonation building up a small yet persistant off-white fizzy head. Little to no lacing on the glass as the head fades back into the brew. Initially a muted hop profile with some straw and some alcohol warmth that opens up to some fleeting peach aromas and a dominant maltiness with sublte molasses and dough-like notes. Initial taste is loaded with alcohol astringency that peels back a bit and allows the sweet resiny hops and a substantial malt presence to come through. Light to medium bodied, it has a slightly watery body with a warming alcohol astringency. It leaves a slight dry finish on the mouth and a lingering malt presence. Weâ€™re fairly sure that this is the first double IPA weâ€™ve come across that utilize Noble hop varieties. With the double IPA being an American creation, itâ€™s an interesting concept to go back to the IPAâ€™s roots with more earthy European hops.
Reviewed on October 5th, 2010.