Took some time to taste that hoppy ale. As I just finished the BJCP course, I hope you don't mind me giving notes like similar to the judging sheets. I used the BJCP description for 10A, American pale ale.. Keep that in mind, because it is slightly different than an IPA. FYI, I broke out the Utopias snifter for this one.. I figured it was made to showcase aroma, so why not!
Aroma: It has a moderate citrus aroma, with spicy fresh hop notes. In the background, there is a low hint of breadiness to it. Clean, with no diacetyl detectable. 9
Appearance: Good clarity with a golden/amber color. Off-white head with good retention. 3
Flavor: Citrus hop character up front, and a medium hop bitterness. There is a low/medium presence of malt, again with a hint of breadiness, as noted in the aroma. Perhaps it could use a touch more malt to balance the hops. It ends on a grassy/fresh hop aftertaste with a dry finish. 16
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, with almost effervescent carbonation. A very faint (not unpleasant) astringency, though (my palette isn't too well trained yet) I believe it is from hops, and not an off flavor. 3
Overall Impression: A pleasantly smooth, nicely hopped beer! I recommend using this one as an entry in the HOPS BOPS competition in American Pale and the American IPA subcategories. The citrus character fist both beer styles. 7
As an American Pale, I'd give it a 38 (Excellent)
One note, if you do enter it.. some judges look at the bottle prior to opening, and during the Monk Melee some of the judges were looking at bottle fill level with a raised eyebrow if it was filled too high. (I have no problem with that myself, and let your beer do the talking after the bottle was opened)