New Level Brewing Reaper’s Choice – American Double / Imperial IPA at 7.5% ABV

New Level Brewing Reaper’s Choice American Double / Imperial IPA at 7.5% ABV (C$3.87 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 24-Oct-2018, acquired 15-Jan-2019, reviewed 26-Jan-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one fat finger of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pithy citrus, grainy caramel, lightly dank pine, green weeds. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering and building bitter finish. (4/5)

Almost a hybrid of English and American styles, with a fairly even-handed balance of both Noble and New World hop characters, and pronounced (but not excessively sweet) malt. Pretty drinkable for a Double, with a pleasantly emphatic bitter finish. (14/20)

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