Sunday, January 27, 2019

Artifex Brewing Drop the Ball (4th Anniversary IPA)

Beer Name: Drop the Ball 4th Anniversary IPA
Brewery: Artifex Brewing Co. (San Clemente, CA)
ABV: 9.0%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA) ****bought online
Price: $5.99 for 16 oz. can

Date Canned: August 7, 2018
Date Purchased: August 18, 2018
Date Received: August 23, 2018
Date Drank: September 23, 2018
When brewed? Limited-time beer. 4th anniversary IPA.
IBU: 52

Commercial Description: "Anniversary Can Release DDH (double dry hopped): Eukanot, Citra, Mosaic. Pillowy, pungent, coconut."

Where distributed: Artifex Brewing likely just distributes within California.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden-orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered; sediment at the bottom of the can. White head. Good lacing at the top of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Lots of pillowy, creamy tropical citrus, including orange/tangerine. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Tropical from start to finish. Octane and malt masked wonderfully. Good sweet citrus on the aftertaste. Citrus bitterness kept in check. Refreshing. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied, some carbonation. Creamy. Extremely juicy with virtually no dry tongue. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding to world-class Double IPA. Artifex went all out to release an amazing beer for their 4th anniversary brew. You could make a case for the coconut reference on the above description, although that's not necessarily what I thought when drinking this. Here's to many more years for Artifex! 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.688/5

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