Garrison Brewing Company Juicy! Double IPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV

Garrison Brewing Company Juicy! Double IPA American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV (C$3.83 at NLC Howley Estates, 473 ml, packaged on 2-Jun-2017, acquired 12-Jul-2017, reviewed 12-Jul-2017)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one fat finger of fluffy off-white head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grapefruit juice and zest, caramel malt, resiny pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter, moderate spice. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter and mildly spicy finish. (3/5)

Surprisingly decent AIIPA from Garrison, with hints towards the NEIPA style, but it doesn’t quite get there. For one thing, don’t let the chill haze on my glass fool you: it’s crystal clear. For another, there’s a resiny, spicy, almost West Coast note going on – it’s not dank, but it’s not far off. OK, fine, if you want to be technical about it, they never actually say it’s supposed to be an NEIPA, but they do say “East Coast style”, and “juicy”, so the implication is rather powerful. Anyway, good, but not rock-your-world good. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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