Review: Oxus IO Double India Pale Ale

Today's sampling is IO DIPA by Oxus Brewing.

From the can: IO is our take on classic California-style Double IPA. Brewed and dry hopped with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Ctz, Chinook and Simcoe hops. 8.5% ABV

Appearance: Rich amber body with a lot of carbonation, mostly opaque but a tad bit of clarity in it. The head has a moderate amount of beige foam on top that doesn't go anywhere at all, except leave trails of bubbles once it gets sampled.

Aroma: Moderate sweet notes of caramel, pineapple, lemon and melon. It's quite faint and not overly boozy compared to most Double IPAs I've had in recent memory. Light floral hops with a hint of pine and spruce at the end.

Taste: Slightly more bitter forward than what I got out of the aroma - noticeably more pine presence, still floral and still pretty sweet. Notes of caramel, pineapple, orange peel, lemon and melon. Bit hefty dose of yeastiness in it that kicks in halfway through consuming this beer. Not at all boozy.

Overall Thoughts: Solid DIPA that's smoother than expected. I expected a boozy burn or a lot more of a heaviness of caramel sweetness but it turned out neither that. Great DIPA to finally kick off spring 2022.. only several weeks late.

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