Bridge Brewing Company The Fuzz Milkshake IPA – American IPA at 6% ABV | 45 IBU

Bridge Brewing Company The Fuzz Milkshake IPA American IPA at 6% ABV | 45 IBU (C$7.11 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 25-Apr-2017, reviewed 25-Apr-2017)

Appearance: opaque pale amber with two fingers of fluffy ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (3/5) Aroma: oranges, vanilla, cream, peaches. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild astringent. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy moderate (yet building) bitter and slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Not gonna lie: I had high hopes here. I admit I’ve had some embarrassing flirtations with briefly popular styles in the past (yes, I’m looking at you, Black IPA!) but the New England IPA style is just so damn lush and juicy, I can’t ever see getting bored of it. And I’m not – but this isn’t it, not really. This is like a melted Creamsicle spiked with grain alcohol and vanilla extract. Clean? Nope. Subtle? Hell no. Would I have another? Hells yes. This is the dirty skank side action of New England IPAs: you’re not gonna commit to it, or even admit to your friends you’re doing it, but if it’s on offer, you’re gonna do it. You might feel a little bad about it afterwards, but that won’t stop you from doing it again. And again. (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze

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