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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spike Driver

Spike Driver is a Double IPA by the Roseville Brewing Company, although this was released  under the label of Iron Triangle label. Iron Triangle references the history of the railroad in the area. The brewery opened in March 2012.

I found this at Nugget Market in West Sacramento. It has an ABV of 8.2%.

The aroma has strong tropical and bitter citrus hops, with notes of grassiness. The flavor has tropical fruit and apricot hops up front and finishes with the bitter citrus, grapefruit hops at the end. There's a light, sweet malt backbone, but doesn't provide much flavor. The alcohol pops up at the end. The bitterness at the end only lingers for a short time. The mouthfeel is slightly resiny, but smooth with a medium body.

This is a good DIPA. There's enjoyable flavor and aroma. The body could be better, and the alcohol flavor mitigated, but that wouldn't stop me from buying this again. Overall, it hits almost all the right notes with a good blend of tropical, citrus, grassy hops and a bitter bite.  I strongly suggest you Try It.

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