Breakside Brewery Thirst Trap – American IPA at 6.4% ABV | 69 IBU

Breakside Brewery Thirst Trap American IPA at 6.4% ABV | 69 IBU (C$9.99 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 7-Sep-2018, reviewed 10-Sep-2018)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with two fingers of rocky off-white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: dank pine, citrus, bready caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering building bitter finish. (4/5)

I guess this doesn’t actually claim to be an NEIPA, so I can’t criticize it for not adhering to the spec for that style. And it does pour slightly hazy, it’s definitely an IPA, and the hops are at least slightly savage, so it does in fact deliver precisely what it promises on the label. Anyway, enough of what it’s not: what it is, is a fairly modern West Coast IPA with dank pine and bright citrus on a clean malt background, and really good stuff. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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