Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom Pale Death – Belgian IPA at 8.5% ABV | 88 IBU

Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom Pale Death Belgian IPA at 8.5% ABV | 88 IBU (C$9.25 at Zyn, 500 ml, bottle date 13-Apr-2016, acquired 16-Feb-2017, reviewed 17-Feb-2017)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one fat finger of fluffy off-white head, good retention and sticky moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bready yeast, caramel malt, tropical fruit, soft orange peel. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-full oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering warming and bitter finish. (3/5)

I was a bit worried about the initial pour on this, given the huge particulate flakes I could see in the bottle, but it came out fairly clear. That said, I dunno about this – maybe it’s a shelf turd, but despite the heavy oily hops, it’s a malty, yeasty beast. Not well-balanced at all. I had high hopes for this, and deliberately left it as the crowning glory of the evening, but, well, it’s not.(13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze

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