Brasseur de Montréal Série l’Amer IPA – American IPA at 6.8% ABV | 60 IBU

Brasseur de Montréal Série l’Amer IPA American IPA at 6.8% ABV | 60 IBU (C$3.83 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 6-Jun-2018, acquired 5-Aug-2018, reviewed 6-Aug-2018)

Appearance:  slightly hazy pale amber with one fat finger of pale ivory head, good retention and heavy, soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: mild, grainy caramel, resiny pine, earth, faint citrus. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, dry moderate bitter finish. (3/5)

Ask and ye shall receive, apparently: just a couple of days ago I said I’d like to try a cleaner, less adjunct-heavy product by this brewer, and lo and behold but what should show up at the store? (Maybe I ought to speculate about how I should try Brazilian supermodels, or a life of leisure after winning the lottery?) So, yeah… seems a bit churlish of me to complain about this now now, but that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. It’s not bad, but if you consider this an American IPA (I’m not sure I do, because to be honest, the hop character is much more English, even if the high bitterness isn’t), it’s a “old-school” one, heavy on the malt, with what little hop aroma there is dominated by a resiny pine instead of the “bright citrus overtone” promised by the label. It’ll do, especially after a day climbing a ladder and working over my head, but it’s definitely an unremarkable, middle-of-the-pack kind of offering. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze

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