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Paul G@ Bottle and Jug Department
1 month ago
Quite a dark straw colour on this one and very hazy. No head retention, nor visible carbonation, although, giving it a swirl brings it back. It's has a strong heady stone and tropical fruit aroma with peach and apricot leading the charge towards your nose followed by sweet pineapple and orange peel. Powerful fruit flavour hits and stays with you throughout, such is a DIPA. It tastes as it smells but in the mouth you pick up on the ABV, body and smoothness this brew boasts. It's quite light in texture though, it's not as thick as a Polly's DIPA. Neon Raptor are best at sours in my opinion but this DIPA is surprisingly good. Their IPAs and pales are lackluster but this DIPA is proper. Very soft mouthfeel with a liveliness to the beer you can sense as it fizzes up in your gob. Full bodied with a big finish. The can displayed six in Roman numerals to mark Neon Raptor's sixth anniversary and the beer is produced in a quality manner to reflect the occasion. (I have a 10% fruited pastry sour by them to try soon.) After time to breathe the flavours intertwine more and orange emerges further than previously. This beer goes full on with Cyro hops. Mosaic Cyro, Cyro POP and Cashmere make up a trio and all contribute to a long hop forward finish, not extremely dank but it's quite resinous in its persistence. It's not the best ever DIPA that's for sure, but it's a great effort and as such I feel it is out of character for the Neon boys.