High River Brewing Co. Diving Fox – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

High River Brewing Co. Diving Fox (Batch 18-005) American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$12.00 at High River Brewing Co., 946 ml, packaged on 15-Sep-2018, acquired 15-Sep-2018, reviewed 19-Sep-2018)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry lingering building bitter finish. (3/5)

A somewhat old-fashioned A/IPA, verging on a DIPA, that is malty and emphatically bitter. There are no off notes here, although I do find the bitterness to be a bit blunt, particularly in the finish. It’s reasonably well done for what it is, but what it is, is lagging the development curve just a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say no to another, and it’s too bitter to accuse of being boring, per se, but there are IPA sub-styles or implementations that I prefer. This is my second one from a new local brewery, and certainly good enough for me to look for more of their product in future. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

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