Evil Twin Brewing I Always Felt Closer to IPAs Than I Did to People (Batch #006) – American IPA at 7.5% ABV

Evil Twin Brewing I Always Felt Closer to IPAs Than I Did to People (Batch #006) American IPA at 7.5% ABV (C$6.99 at Oak & Vine, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 25-May-2018, reviewed 30-May-2018)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy grapefruit, pine resin, grainy pale malt, tropical fruit, hint of vanilla. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (4/5)

I dunno about feeling closer to IPAs than I do to people, but I probably prefer their company – which, I suppose, boils down to much the same thing… Fairly NEIPA in style, juicy even if it’s not quite opaque, with hops that present more on the nose than on the tongue. That mild(er) bitterness makes it easy drinking, even if I do also enjoy alpha acid levels that’ll take the enamel off your teeth. The juiciness and/or creamy body comes at a little bit of a price, though, in that the sweetness feels a bit high for my preference. I’ve no doubt it’s just as attenuated as a more typical IPA, but it doesn’t feel that way. I think I’d like it better if it were drier, but it’s pretty good as it is. (16/20)

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