Background: Whilst enjoying the fine entertainment of 3.5 friends this brew was bestowed upon me. Lately I have been on a big kick of bourbon barrel aged stouts, so when I was presented with an IPA I was a bit hesitant; I crave chocolate and receive vanilla. This was C.A.Miller's first brew and as such I expected something drinkable, and that was about it. I am happy to say I was very wrong.
Color: Nice malty amber, and I am pretty sure I could see hop leafs in various reflections.
Taste: Jealousy. This brew was good. Period. I was craving my BBA stouts until I had this. Not only is this beer good, but it is a First attempt at home brew. It took me a few years to get a beer close to this, hence the envy.
Instantly, the flavor of beautiful fresh harvest hops teases the tongue while the malt flavor balances the typical bitterness associated with this style. I was reminded of what IPAs can provide, and as such there are precisely naught stouts in my cupboard, replaced instead by IPAs. Thank you C.A. for the refreshing change of pace. I look forward (enviously) to future brews.