Tasting: Super Potion (NE Style Imperial IPA)

Super Potion - NE Style DIPA

Super Potion – NE Style DIPA

This was my second attempt at a New England style IPA.  Take a look at the brew day and fermentation notes for full details on the beer.  The essentials is that this beer is: A New England style Imperial IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Azacca. Dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe.

Now, I had intended for this to be a single IPA, but due to science and fermentation this ended up clocking in around 8.2% abv.

Appearance – The beer has a creamy white head that sits atop a pale, hazy and orange beer.  The beer is mostly opaque, definitely hit the hazy appearance on this iteration.  I wouldn’t call it murky or unattractive, though.

Aroma – This may not compute, but for me it’s predominately dank blueberries.  There are also swirls of citrus, peach, and apricot.  The Mosaic, though stands out the most.  Considering it was used in the late hop addition, dry hop addition and keg hop addition, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.  As it warms more of the peach and apricot aroma is apparent.

Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and soft with just the right level of carbonation.  Increasing the percentage of oats used in this recipe helped quite a bit to get that soft mouthfeel.

Taste – The taste is where this beer shines.  There is a wave of juicy flavors that ebbs and flows throughout.  It starts out with citrus overtones and then morphs into more of that dank blueberry from the aroma.  Towards mid-taste I get a bright orange flavor along with peach and apricot to a lesser degree.  There’s no real biting bitterness at all, but there is a tiny bit throughout that helps improve the drinkability.  In my opinion the bitterness is perfect, not too much and not too little.  The alcohol is also hidden deceptively well.  This goes down super easy despite it being over 8%.

I feel like I end every tasting with this sentence, but I can’t help it, I’m super pleased with how this beer turned out.  I think this beer is absolutely fantastic as is.  That being said, I’d love to brew yet another version where I used less Mosaic and increased the amount of Azacca.  Before I dry hopped this with Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra, it had a much more pronounced peach and apricot flavor which I tend to get from Azacca.  I would love to increase the amount used in the late additions and also dry hop with it to really bring out the peach and apricot flavors.

You can read what others have thought about it on untappd.