Dandy Brewing Company In the Bleak Midwinter – Black IPA at 6.5% ABV

Dandy Brewing Company In the Bleak Midwinter Black IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$4.00 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 7-Jan-2019, acquired 31-Jan-2019, reviewed 9-Feb-2019)

Appearance: clear brown with two fingers of rocky beige head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: pine, citrus, caramel, light ashy roasted coffee/cocoa. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (4/5)

Definitely much more IPA character here than roasted malt, which is just fine by me. I know dark, malty beers are traditional for the season, but in fact citrusy piney hops are at least as likely to get me through the bleak midwinter. (Which, right now, it most certainly is. We’re in our second week of nearly -30ºC temperatures, with no end in sight.) Nicely balanced and easy drinking. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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