Gate City "OTP" Double IPA

This is my first Gate City beer. I have no idea what I'm in for, but I know this is a double IPA. For the past year or so this is been my go-to style, so they're starting off on the right foot. Let's just hope that foot lands solid.

The somewhat cloudy orange-gold beer has a slightly off-white, sticky head that leaves just a hint of a Jackson Pollock of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is fruits with a bread backing, but it's very faint - don't really know why.

First sip is ... what the? Where did the dank come from? This has a dank and a funk going on that I was unprepared for. I mean, the fruit is there, but it tastes mostly like rind, and that funk/dank is just not doing anyone any favors. Seriously, what the heck?

Tip-in is sweet, but the funk is on the fringes with the citrus and tropical fruits kind of bunched up in the middle of the mouth. The middle is more of a caramel malt than expected, and the funk is just a dust around the outskirts with the sweet meat of the fruit in the middle - rind on the lips. The finish is a quick stab of carbonation, the return of the funk, and a trail-off that is dusty, tangy, and a bit tart.

Bottom Line: Nope. There are a lot better ones out there.



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