My final review on Cascadesrunner's beers. All were quite good to more than wonderful....https://flic.kr/p/tsXiK6
Brewer: Drew Sauser - Cascadesrunner
Category: 14C - Imperial IPA
Bottle inspection: good fill, slight sediment at bottom, cap says "1469", so the yeast used is pretty obvious.
Aroma: Caramelly aroma at the initial whiff - sweet, but gives way tocitusy, piney, resinous notes of the hops; slightly toasty and ready from the malt; neutral fermentation aroma; not hot or solventy despite expected ABV; no diacetyl; aromas linger well in the bouquet as the beer warms. 9/12
Appearance: clear copper color, surprisingly brilliant on the first pour with no sediment disturbed - expected some dry hopped haziness, but none; one inch tight white beaded head lingers a minute or so, then gives way to a 3/8ths inch tight fully lingering bead and pretty white lacing as the first sips are taken; tight sediment in the bottle holds until the second pour, but even then is only modestly disturbed from its slumber. 3/3
Flavor: smooth bitterness reminds me of a first wort hop addition; very bready maltiness in the first sip; hop presence, but not overboard with variety - seems to be a good mix of citrusy, piney, slightly floral balance of hops; maintains hop forwardness with good malt balance; no diacetyl; fully attenuated; slightest of oxidation - perhaps tasters fault for longish storage. 16/20
Mouthfeel: medium body as expected; good carbonation; not overly warming,but definitely bigger than a mere IPA; slightest astringency in the mid to aftertaste - but possibly just my palate's reaction to the late hop addition; creamy impression later; late hop additions create tingling on my gums and lips as paired with the carbonation - good impression there. 4/5
Overall Impression: A very beautiful beer when held to the light; I enjoyed the caramel and bready malt balance paired with the hops selected; oxidation could be cured with careful racking, perhaps under CO2 blanket - or by drinking sooner - which I imagine happens with this beer. This would be well enjoyed with a plank-grilled marinated salmon fillet paired with an asian ginger-dressed salad and heaping helping of steamed broccoli.
Well done Drew. You brew dang good beer and I am both feeling privileged and lucky to have drawn you in this swap.