Eighty-Eight Brewing Night Gallery NEPA – American IPA at 5.5% ABV | 44 IBU

Eighty-Eight Brewing Night Gallery NEPA American IPA at 5.5% ABV | 44 IBU (C$2.75 at Collective, 330 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 17-Nov-2018, reviewed 27-Nov-2018)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one finger of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, biscuity malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body tending slightly thin, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky moderate bitter finish. (4/5)

Extremely nice first effort (for me, anyway) for a brand-new(-ish) Calgary brewery. Finishes just slightly sticky, but still pleasantly off-dry and mildly bitter. I notice that is slightly breaks the 10:1 IBU:ABV rule, but given the relative thinness of the body, that’s probably for the best, because it keeps the bitterness from becoming astringent. The bitterness is probably slightly high for the NE style, but it’s clean and even-handed, with no cattiness from the Citra and Simcoe, so I’m perfectly OK with that. “Cloud juice” indeed – works for me! (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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