Just like you, but different
A classic west coast IPA brewed with a blend of citrus peel. Lime, orange and lemon peels were added at the end of the boil to make this IPA extra refreshing.
And to be honest I’m a little bit middling on what to expect. An IPA with Spices sounds like to could work, or it could be a Frankenstein monster. But it is one of their “Crown Series” so I’m hoping that it’s more top-shelf than bargain basement.
There is a very sharp hoppy aroma, but very earthy, pale golden yellow, decent head, and lively carbonation. It’s not a bad start.
The aroma continues with citrus, almost grapefruit, the tongue gets a bursts of sharp hops, a bunch of fizz, and an annoying afterglow. Not a lot of length or depth though.The citrus top taste is almost irritating. If there is a malt content it’s hiding it well.
I guess that where I’m at is that I’m not a fan of this, and I don’t know that you could be, it’s not a very good IPA and adding spices might just be that they’re aware of this and are covering up, the conspiracy continues by giving this “Crown” status.
The pdubyah-o-meter says “no” and plonks this in the also ran category of 7 things on it arbitrary scale, making it a beer that’s a “pass” but not a merit or distinction. I wouldn’t send it back at a bar, but I’d be reluctant to go again.