Today I am going to review the 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA. Anderson Valley makes one of my favorite IPA's so I am expecting alot from this beer.
Appearance - This IIPA pours a beautiful golden orange with a long lasting lacing head. Gosh its pretty!!Aroma - This IIPA has a lot going in the nose. There is citrus, pine, grass, and some malty sweetness. I can smell this is going to be tasty.
Taste - This IIPA has a lot of flavor. With all the aroma and all the hops I was expecting a true hop bomb but this is a very well balanced beer. There is great bitterness and a good blend of flavors from the different hops added.
Mouthfeel - I love hop bitterness in beer and this IIPA has a great bitterness that lasts in your mouth. This isn't the bitter beerface bitterness this is the smooth lots of early hop bitterness.
Drinkability - This IIPA is very drinkable and at 8.7% ABV you can have more then 1 (probably no more then 2) and still feel good. And with the great balance in flavors beer drinkers who don't like the really hoppy beers would probably enjoy this.
I really enjoy when a great brewery releases a special beer and it meets and many time exceeds there normal brews. Anderson Valley did it with this on.
See you next time!!