Winter IIPA by Meilby Brewing, Imperial/Double India Pale Ale, 9.2 % ABV, 200 IBU.
Meilby Brewing knows how to make super hoppy beers, so an IIPA with a whopping 200 IBUs should do the trick! I’ve been warned by the brewer that the Winter IIPA is starting to get a bit old, but I’ve had IIPAS that are far older than this that hadn’t lost any of it’s characteristics, so my hopes are still high.
In the glass the beer looks unusually(?) dark for its style. It’s cloudy, dirty looking, dark amber, close to dark brown. The head is large and creamy with a light-brown colour, it has a decent lifetime and leaves a good deal of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is quite strong with malty notes but with an overall fruity feel, although it’s hard to single out any of the fruity components other than ripe grapefruit. The rest of the fruity notes are darker. When swirling the beer in the glass I also get alcohol and some dusty notes. It’s a very pleasant aroma, but not as refreshing as the other M beers I’ve tried so far. It fits the look: it’s a bit dirty and undefinable…
The taste is quite sweet with heavy bitter finish. I guess there is more bitterness-drowning sweetness in this beer than I’m able to taste, because even though the bitterness is strong, it feels far from the theoretical IBU of 200. The flavours are quite strong with dark fruits, ripe grapefruit, resin and caramel. I might be fooled by the looks of the beer, but I also get lightly roasted notes. And then there is alcohol, and lots of it. It’s not sharp or particularly unpleasant, but it’s a very obvious and mouth numbering alcohol feel that is especially present in the not-that-long finish.
The beer is full-bodied and has a oily, almost syrupy texture and very soft carbonation.
Conclusion: a nice beer that with a pleasant aroma, but the flavours are a bit too weak and too dominated by alcohol.
Ratebeer score: 3.2