Modern Times Beer Havnor New Wave IPA – American IPA at 6.7% ABV | 60 IBU

Modern Times Beer Havnor New Wave IPA American IPA at 6.7% ABV | 60 IBU (C$13.30 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 25-Apr-2018, reviewed 28-Apr-2018)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one fat finger of fluffy white head, excellent retention and chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, floral, pine, pale malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

Made with “immoderate amounts of Mosaic, Chinook, Simcoe, and Nugget hops” – and it shows. Mosaic’s one of my favourites, and Chinook’s pretty high up there too, when there’s no cattiness or onion in evidence – and there’s not, in this one. The “New Wave” description and the low pine presence on the nose invite the conclusion that this is going to be something along the lines of an NEIPA, but in fact it’s not very hazy, and fairly emphatically bitter, so it’s pretty clearly not. (Neither is it West Coast, since there’s basically no dankness here.) All in all, it’s just a well-done, fruity/floral American IPA. (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze

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