From the mad scientists that brought you the hop raptor, I proudly present: Over The Edge (Perhaps foreshadowing of a “hangover”?) American IPA by The Unknown. I feel like a broken record at this point, but this can is… Shall I say… Dope!? The metallic green of the beer component “?” really pops off the black matte/gunmetal background. I feel like an interior designer after saying that, and I feel like the Beer Riddler while drinking this. My thirst for knowledge (and beer) compels me to venture into The Unknown…
This IPA pours a cloudy amber with a thick, bubbly head that looks straight out of Kid ‘n’ Play (ask your parents). There is visible carbonation that rapidly escapes to the top of the glass. The aroma is predominately floral citrus with some apricot/peachy notes and some light sweetness. These are all good signs of a quality, complex IPA.
The flavor profile starts as a grapefruit bomb propped up by a heavy malt backbone. The sweetness is slightly more imposing than average, but I’d definitely consider this hop-forward. The intermission of sweetness closes with notes of lemon and pine that fade into a lingering bitterness. Despite the visible carbonation, this is actually very smooth. The weight of the body is nearly perfect for supporting these flavors.
I can’t help but get flashbacks of the Vehopciraptor while drinking Over The Edge. It’s kind of like hop raptor lite or a hop raptor egg. Much like the Vehopciraptor, I taste a slight deviation from the IPA style due to the sweetness of the malt, but the hop flavor is not diminished by this. The more I learn about The Unknown, the more I want to know! In short: another kickass, slightly unconventional ale by these guys. Cheers!
- Appearance: Cloudy amber
- Aroma: Floral citrus, apricot, light sweetness
- Flavor: Grapefruit, lemon, pine, sweet malt
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- ABV: 6.9%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $10 – $11
- Score: 86