Valediction X: The Star Chamber
Star Chamber is a double IPA: Lovely, retentive head. Soft carbonation. Beautiful, crystal-clear, pale amber color. The nose is not as hoppy as it was when the beer was young, but it still sings. The palate is full, soft, teasingly bitter. No trace of harshness at 12-13 months old. The alcohol is hardly noticable.
It seems to me that there are two kinds of double IPA's. On one end is Dogfish Head's 90-Minute (relatively soft, winey/brandyish); on the other is Smuttynose or Pliny the Elder (brash, more emphatically hoppy). This leans toward the former and I would reproduce this exact recipe without alteration. All I did is scale up my normal IPA. Gotta make more.