Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery Genius of Suburbia ISA – Session IPA at 3.8% ABV

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery Genius of Suburbia ISA Session IPA at 3.8% ABV (C$1.88 at Bishop’s Cellar, 355 ml, no bottle date or best before)

Appearance: cloudy medium gold with a short eggshell head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tropical fruit and bready caramel, light citrus and pepper, some herbal. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry medium bitter finish. (3/5)

I guess the biggest upside for this is that the flavour in no way hints to the very low ABV – it drinks pretty much like any number of full-on IPA’s I’ve had, though perhaps with a slightly lighter body. The down side is, it’s really not my preferred style of SIPA (or any IPA, for that matter), in that the malt is too emphatic. It might not be malt-forward as such, but the malt is definitely present and makes this sweeter than I’d like, particularly for a session beer. (12/20)

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