Appearance: Beautiful clear orange-amber color; nice, thick, dense, creamy head—three fingers worth—slight amber tint to it, too.
Smell: Syrupy sweet barley, Crystal and Cascade hops. They’re powdery and green. Malt—caramel, rock candy, some caramelized sugars.
Taste: Thick and full of American hops and alcohol heat… it’s delicious. Juicy and rich, with toffee and light molasses and roasted grains and a hint of vegetable… sweet alcohol notes and bright crisp hops.
Mouthfeel: Full and smooth and just a touch dry in the finish. Very well balanced all around.
Overall: I think the praise throughout my notes is pretty telling, but I’ll just reiterate: this is a fantastic beer.