Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Eleventh Beer o' Xmas 2012: Widmer Rotator IPA
These are a fairly new entry into the market, and have shot close to the top of favorite IPAs.
The Rotator Series "rotate" the beer's hop bill every quarter, giving each IPA it's own distinct flavor profile. The first Rotator IPA we recieved was called Shaddock and was made with grapefruit peel. The current Roator is called Falconer. It's crafted with a proprietary hop blend called Falconer’s Flight.™
Pours a clear bronze coloror with one finger of slightly off-white head. The nose is pretty complex almost muddled with some caramel balanced by tropical/grapefruit hops. The taste is hop forward, more grapefruit than mango, decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium. Hard to identify the hop profile, might benefit in future if blended with something a bit more spicy/piney, but not a bad single hop IPA.