New Level Brewing Haze Lord – American IPA at 5% ABV

New Level Brewing Haze Lord American IPA at 5% ABV (C$3.74 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 27-Aug-2018, acquired 11-Sep-2018, reviewed 13-Sep-2018)

Appearance: slightly dirty opaque pale gold with one fat finger of rocky ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy citrus, tropical fruit, caramel, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body tending slightly thin, moderate carbonation, off-dry short duration moderate bitter finish. (3/5)

Another new Calgary brewery, but I’m not complaining, especially if it mean I can get two week old hazy IPAs. I should go find their “Secret Taproom”, considering it’s all of a 12 minute drive from work! It’s got a few little issues that prevent me from scoring it higher, including the somewhat muddy appearance, the slightly muted aroma and flavour, and the way it drops off just a little watery, but it’s certainly drinkable. I think the aroma and body could be solved with a slightly beefier brew – at 5% ABV, it’s tending towards the Session IPA or APA end of the range, and it shows. All in all, a pretty passable example of the style, but one that could be much better with a few tweaks. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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