Look-light copper or nice amber color
Smell-I can smell caramel before bringing it to my nose. I like caramel. On the nose, malts and something fruity. This smells REALLY good.
Taste-It's hard for me (at this stage of my pallette development) to say what a "good" balance is. However, this feels like what good balance is supposed to taste like. Dry hops in the mouth but something sweet (the malts?) is the first thing I have on my lips.
Mouth-Medium bodied and dry.
Overall-I've been suffering from hop fatique the last few weeks so this is a welcome respite for overpowering hops. There is hop here...but it's balanced nicely with the sweet fruits. Delicious.
About Defender APA:
An American-style of Pale Ale brewed with a base malt of English Pale malt and a portion of German Vienna malt. This hop forward beer is brewed with the American hop varietal Columbus hops for bittering, flavor and aroma. This beer has a juicy malt flavor that is balanced by the use of the assertive Columbus hopping. Our house ale yeast produces a subtle fruity aroma.