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.

Appearance (6/6)

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.

Aroma (23/24)

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.

Flavour (36/40)

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.

Mouthfeel (9/10)

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.

Overall (17/20

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?

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