Red Truck Beer Company Field Trip Northwest IPA – American IPA at 6.3% ABV

Red Truck Beer Company _Field Trip Northwest IPA_ American IPA at 6.3% ABV _(C$2.00 at Okotoks Co-Op, 355 ml, packaged on 12-Aug-2018, acquired 28-Oct-2018, reviewed 31-Oct-2018)_

Appearance: clear deep gold with one fat finger of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate clingy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: grainy malt, earthy pine, citrus. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration finish. (4/5)

A fairly unremarkable, and certainly not very “NW”, IPA. On the other hand, it’s fairly easy-drinking, and decently refreshing. Don’t get me wrong: I drank the six pack – but I can’t see making any special effort to get any more. I also think I now have a corollary to my observation about beers that have “premium” on the label: if a beer mentions “fresh” on the label, it’s because they have nothing else to say. (Don’t get me started on “cold”.) How can a beer claim to be fresher than any other, unless they’re exclusively serving it straight from the bright tank? Seriously, it’s an idiotic thing to put on the label. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

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