Tailgate Dizzie IPA

From the muddy banks of the Cumberland comes this Nashville brewer with the latest entry for my eventual prize of "Best IPA Ever." Now, I will technically have to try every IPA that has ever been made or will ever be made in order to actually give out this award, but I'm willing to give it a try.

The murky amber beer has almost no head, even though I tried to coax one out a bit during the pour. Instead, I get a very simple ring around the rim and the suggestion that I shouldn't try to get more foam. The aroma is pervasive and citrus. I smell grapefruit, mango, orange and maybe even some lime.

First sip is not as bold as I anticipated. Instead, it is all that fruit, a little tart, and not bitter like I would expect from a hoppy beer. I don't really taste the malt which is why I'm so surprised I haven't been hit with a bitter hammer. It's not unpleasant, but it's not really letting me know what it's all about.

Tip-in is grapefruit and oranges with tangerines and mangoes helping out while carbonation is minimal. The middle is a little acidic with a retard of the fruit and the arrival of a bread malt that I would have sworn had never been there, but it asserts itself right here in the middle. The finish is more fruit and a surge of tartness mixed with a tad of bitter.

Bottom Line: It's not over the top, but it's a sedate IPA that could sustain a person for a whole night.

2.75/5

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