Blood Dimmed Tide | Third Moon Brewing
Score: 91/100 - outstanding
From a 500ml bottle served cool at 8 degrees Celsius into a TeKu glass. No date information on the bottle but this guy was picked up straight from the brewery during the release week (by a friend - thanks Alex). Brewery-fresh, I'm looking forward to having my first 3rd Moon brew. My expectations - based on feedback - are above average.
The beer pours an opaque pale gold with 6.5cm of dense, creamy, white head which dissipates into a craggy cap within 6+ minutes. Exceptional lacing with very persistent head. World class.
Strong intensity with good balance. The aroma strikes your olfaction with a perfumy, New World hop punch. Pronounced citrus (grapefruit + lime) and tropical fruit (mango) along with woody pine, herbal notes, and melon. Hints of vegetal character add a dank quality while a scintilla of grass and a floral tone contribute to further intricacy. A touch of ethanol as the beer warms. The dry nose is hoppy-malty with notes of lemongrass and crackery pale malt. Very impressive.
Follows the aroma with strong intensity, bitter-ish balance, and pronounced perceived bitterness. The palate opens up juicy-salty with a mineral character, citrus (grapefruit + lime), and stone fruit (peach) making way for a balanced center where notes of mango, melon, lime, and vegetal dankness dominate. The long finish is bitter-ish and of moderate strength with notes of mango, resinous pine, grapefruit, lime, and mild crackery malt. This is so delicious.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy-smooth and mouth-coating with restrained alcohol warming and an off-dry finish. No astringency or harshness on the palate. Excellent.
Third Moon Brewing's Blood Dimmed Tide is an outstanding Hazy IPA. The looks are world class with some of the best head retentions I've seen in the style; and it's not murky. The aroma is deep, punchy, and saturated with hops. The palate follows with great character and depth of flavour. Fluffy mouthfeel and a smooth bitterness make this a joy to drink. Dangerous for the high ABV. The overall complexity is a rare treat and there are no off-flavours. My only critique is the prevalent salty character on the palate which I surprisingly don't hate. I highly recommend this to any hop-lovers and I consider it a brew worth a trip. I'm very excited knowing I have five more Thrid Moon beers to breview. Next up?