Beer Type: India Pale Ale (IPA) ABV: 6.3% IBUs: 64 Tried from can.
Their Description: “The Mad Scientists make a pilgrimage to the hop motherland during harvest time to find the ripest, juiciest cones to put into SENSI. This year, Amarillo and Cascade were calling our name. Crack open SENSI 2015 and be transported to the hop fields… it’s Mad Science.”
The Reality: Sensi starts with a bold, almost aggressive hop scent that makes you anticipate a much stronger flavor than you actually get. This is a good thing, because instead of getting your tongue punched by a bitter haymaker you get an awesome blend of subtle pine and tropical fruit notes that are really well-balanced. This beer really isn’t very bitter at all, drinks smooth, and has a quickly fleeting crisp aftertaste similar to what you would find in a Session IPA. Overall, it is easy-drinking and very refreshing. As for it being “Mad Science”, I tried to get and expert to weigh in, but Dr. Horrible was in a meeting with Bad Horse.
Final Verdict: It’s tough for an IPA to distinguish itself these days, but Sensi manages to do it thanks to it being superbly drinkable and having a flavor profile that makes you crave more the second you’re done. How do they do it? Maybe it’s the wet-hopping using only the ripest & juiciest hop selection. Maybe visiting the “hop motherland” is bound to make you a better brewer, or inspire a nearly perfect recipe. Maybe they got lucky. It’s not important, because the only really relevant thing is drinking this beer, which I will do. I’m fairly certain that if Ned Stark could’ve tried this beer, he’d have named his first daughter “Sensi” instead of “Sansa“. What kind of name is “Sansa” anyway?