Eighty-Eight Brewing Wave Pool Tropical IPA – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 68 IBU

Eighty-Eight Brewing Wave Pool Tropical IPA American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 68 IBU (C$4.68 at Collective, 500 ml, packaged on 18-Aug-2018, acquired 17-Nov-2018, reviewed 28-Nov-2018)

Appearance: slightly murky deep gold with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical & stone fruit, citrus, bready caramel malt, dank pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky lingering building bitter finish. (4/5)

I initially thought this wasn’t quite as good as their NEIPA, but I warmed up to it considerably. Certainly it’s not quite as juicy as their NEIPA, but the tropical fruit does manifest as the pint progresses, and the bold piney bitterness is completely appropriate for a non-NE IPA. Comes perilously close to being a DIPA, if you ask me – which is exactly the way I like my IPAs! Like their NEIPA, this also finishes just slightly sticky, with slightly high bitterness, but still pleasant. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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