The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company Sou’Wester IPA – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 25 IBU

The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company Sou’Wester IPA American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 25 IBU (C$3.89 at Okotoks Co-Op, 473 ml, packaged on 2-May-2018, acquired 1-Sep-2018, reviewed 1-Sep-2018)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one fat finger of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: orange zest and other citrus, grainy pale malt, dank pine, caramel, floral. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (4/5)

I’m not entirely convinced this is a “true” New England-style IPA, since there’s a definite slightly dank pine note in the aroma, and the bitterness is just slightly high on the tongue (for the style, certainly not in absolute terms). It’s also not all that juicy, nor is it opaquely cloudy as is so typical with the style. However, what it is, is a very good beer. Overall, it’s flavourful, mild, and approachable. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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