Ravens Brewing Co. / Moody Ales Collaboration Brut IPA – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 5 IBU

Ravens Brewing Co. / Moody Ales Collaboration Brut IPA American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 5 IBU (C$8.49 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, packaged on 8-Aug-2018, acquired 15-Oct-2018, reviewed 15-Oct-2018)

Appearance: hazy straw with two fat fingers of fluffy white head, excellent retention and moderate chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus zest, pale crackery malt, tropical fruit, light pine, mild earthy funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, dry crisp slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Not a bad interpretation of the sub-style, but not without its flaws. Definitely tends a little thin, with a slight astringency in the finish that grows as the pint progresses. That astringency makes it taste slightly more bitter than  you might expect from a claimed 5 IBU, but it’s not unpleasant overall – not entirely unlike a traditional Saison, actually, although much less funky than is typical for that style. Might be appropriate as a table beer. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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