**Update (05/18/12) – This beer took Silver with a 39 in the Great Arizona Homebrew Competion!!**
Clarity is good, but not brilliant. For some reason, this beer never fully cleared up. Color is a beautiful deep red. Aroma is a mix between citrusy hops and sweet toffee from the caramel malt. Taste is more of the same. Malt sweetness hits first, then some hop citrus, then some bitterness in the finish.
I’m very happy with this beer, but the recipe still needs a little tweaking. I’m thinking a little less C60, and a little more dry hops. It’s really close to where I want it though.
Furry Penguin Double IPA:
I absolutely love this beer. Clarity is fantastic, color is golden with a little orange. Aroma is heavy citrus notes, with some sweet tropical fruit character. There’s also a little oily, resiny, dank character in the background. The taste follows the aroma. Sweet citrus, tropical fruit, and a smooth but firm bitterness that doesn’t linger.
Definitely a dry beer, but there’s some light background sweetness that keeps it drinkable. This beer is just a mouthful of hop oil, which I absolutely love. I’m submitting this one to the NHC this week, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed that it does well.