Innis & Gunn Brewing Company 15 DIPA – Imperial / Double IPA at 7.4% ABV

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company 15 DIPA Imperial / Double IPA at 7.4% ABV (C$4.89 at Okotoks Co-Op, 330 ml, packaged on 20-Aug-2018, best before 1-Nov-2019, acquired 7-Jan-2019, reviewed 27-Jan-2019)

Appearance: clear pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: toffee, vanilla, citrus, wood, honey. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-low carbonation, sweetish building bitter finish. (4/5)

The “juicy maltiness compliments the vibrant orange marmalade hop flavours”, huh? There’s so much factually and grammatically wrong with that statement, I’m not sure where to begin, so I’ll just leave it hanging out there as a kind of warning – Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate, if you will. This is malt-heavy and more reminiscent of a Scotch Ale or Old Ale than an IPA, even an EIPA. Yeah, I’ve had worse I&G offerings, but this just really kind of sums it up: for their flagship 15th anniversary offering to be both ill-conceived and mediocre in execution really is a perfect representation of this brewer in general. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

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