Annex Ale Project Fierce Invalid – American IPA at 7.8% ABV

Annex Ale Project Fierce Invalid American IPA at 7.8% ABV (C$10.49 at Oak & Vine, 650 ml, packaged on 14-Jul-2017, acquired 31-Jul-2017, reviewed 1-Aug-2017)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head, good retention and soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild pine, caramel, light citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter slightly spicy finish. (3/5)

The hop profile here is pretty similar in character to their Petrichor Session IPA, but more emphatic, and the heavier malt presence provides some much-needed support, preventing it from becoming thin and astringent. Still not very exciting, though, if I’m honest. On the other hand, there’s little or no indication of the fairly emphatic ABV, so it’s got that going for it. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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