Maisel Stephan’s Indian Ale
Style: Double IPA
Color: light amber
Head: white, rocky
Nose: citrusy hops, grapefruit
Palate: very balanced, malt forward but hops creep in right afterwards, nice grapefruit element, dry
Finish: dry, clean, pleasant slight bitterness
Served: from a bottle bought in Munich
Impression: I’d finally broken down and bought Maisel Chocolate Bock at my local supermarket and quite liked it. I went back to buy some as Easter gifts only to find two bottles left so decided to give this Double IPA a shot. It was again a gorgeous pour with a rocky lasting head with fine lacework. There was both grapefruit and honey in the nose, an enticing match and forewarning of the initial malt in the palate. Citrus hops jumped in soon after but never overpowered the malt backbone. It was quite balanced, hoppy but not bitter. The finish was lingering with some honey but clean and slightly bitter in a most pleasant way.
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