Belching Beaver Brewery Deftones Swerve City POG IPA – American IPA at 7.2% ABV | 55 IBU

Belching Beaver Brewery Deftones Swerve City POG IPA American IPA at 7.2% ABV | 55 IBU (C$12.87 at Collective, 650 ml, packaged on 6-Sep-2018, acquired 4-Dec-2018, reviewed 12-Dec-2018)

Appearance: slightly hazy straw with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, dank pine, citrus, pale malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry short duration finish. (4/5)

Yes, I’m up late. Got all jacked up on coffee because I had to bring She Who Must Be Obeyed to the airport for her red-eye, and now I need to come back down to sleep. Life’s all about dosage control, innit? And yes, I listened to Deftones’ Swerve City while drinking this. I’m not sure it particularly enhanced my enjoyment, but it certainly didn’t detract. Similarly, the big fruit juice adjuncts may or may not be strictly necessary, but certainly added a lot of character without making it excessively sweet. There’s also obviously big hop character melded with the fruit, since the dank pine would otherwise suggest adjuncts that aren’t (yet) legal in this jurisdiction… All in all, a very well-implemented A/IPA with heavy West Coast influences. One teeny nitpicky issue, though: the carbonation started off fairly ridiculously enthusiastic, but dropped off dramatically by the end of the bomber – smaller servings might be the best bet here, so find a friend or two to share with, or smaller containers. Or, y’know, drink faster than I do. (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze

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