Belching Beaver Brewery Deftones Digital Bath – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Belching Beaver Brewery Deftones Digital Bath American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$5.13 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 11-Jul-2018, acquired 11-Sep-2018, reviewed 13-Sep-2018)

Appearance: opaque straw with one fat finger of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy citrus, grape must, stone fruit, pale biscuity malt, floral, hint of pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry short duration moderate bitter lightly tart finish. (4/5)

Not quite what I was expecting: the Nelson and Galaxy are certainly making their presence known, giving a more tart and vinous character than is typical for the NEIPA style. It’s actually reminiscent of a Wild, or perhaps a Saison. As well, the carbonation tends higher than normal for the style, almost prickly. In short, almost nothing here conforms to the standard examples, of the style, but it’s a very good beer. (And yes, of course I listened to the track while drinking the beer.) (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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