Tatamagouche Brewing Deception Bay – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 63 IBU

Tatamagouche Brewing Deception Bay American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 63 IBU (C$4.13 at Liquid Assets YHZ, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 12-Nov-2017, reviewed 13-Nov-2017)

Appearance: slightly hazy deep gold with one finger of fluffy white head diminishing gradually to a persistent cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, pine, pale malt, floral, tropical fruit. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, dry moderate bitter finish. (4/5)

Unexpectedly good, ticking all the boxes on appearance, aroma, flavour, and body. The hop blend is well done, with solid bittering coming from the Magnum, and an even-handed blend including Citra providing a pleasant mélange of citrus, pine, and assorted fruits. (And, hey, look at that, another example of my theory that the IBU should be ten times the ABV!) Malt is precisely where it should be, providing decent support without intruding. The body is a solid medium-weight elevated by slightly higher-than-moderate carbonation, and the finish the clean and dry. I have no reservations in recommending this one. (16/20)

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