ANodYN Never Nude

Never Nude by ANodYN, Imperial/Double India Pale Ale, 8% ABV, Unknown IBU.

Rating homebrews is a mixed pleasure. I get to taste lots of fun and crazy beers, many of them far too experimental, demanding and special to ever be brewed commercially. The drawback is of course that another reason why many of these beers will never be on sale in my local shop is that they’re not that good. But then, from time to time, I get to taste a beer that is a true pleasure, that is a clean, no-fuzz, powerful and delicious brew that I’d buy without hesitating if I’d had the chance. The latter is definitely the case for the Never Nude DIPA.

ANodYN Never Nude, Batch no 9.

ANodYN Never Nude, Batch no 9, enjoyed 1 year after bottling. I forgot to take a photo of the beer in the glass. I blame the wonderful aroma and the lovely taste.

It pours a very hazy, medium amber body with a quite large, creamy, off-white head. The head stays big for quite some time, before it’s reduces to a bubbly thin layer that laces the glass very well.

The aroma is very strong and extremely pleasant, this is exactly how a DIPA should smell like! I get lots of lovely notes of overripe tropical fruits like mango and peach. This is perfectly backed up by a sweet, malty, caramel background. Finally there are some vague herbal traces in the back.

The flavours are a bit strong, but nevertheless an itsy bitsy teeny weeny disappointment compared to the quite intense aroma. However, they do follow the delicious aroma, but with some additional notes of clean alcohol that could have been better integrated. The taste is moderate to light sweet, with a long-lasting, moderate to heavy bitter finish. I like DIPAs to have even more bite in the finish, and thereby also some more sweetness, but this is still a wonderful taste.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant. The beer has a lovely smooth texture, there is some dryness in the finish, the carbonation is moderate and the body is close to full. A quite gentle and light DIPA, or an overwhelmingly powerful IPA, take your pick.

Conclusion: an unusually successful homebrew! The only things that could have made this even better would be to mellow the alcohol flavour and boost the other flavours somewhat, and add a few more grams of bittering hops.

Aroma:      8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    15/20
Ratebeer score: 3.8/5.0

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