Granville Island Brewing Small Batch Brut IPL – India Pale Lager at 7.6% ABV | 50 IBU

Granville Island Brewing Small Batch Brut IPL India Pale Lager at 7.6% ABV | 50 IBU (C$8.39 at Okotoks Co-Op, 650 ml, packaged on 10-Jan-2019, acquired 6-Feb-2019, reviewed 8-Feb-2019)

Appearance: slightly unclean hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pomes, drupes, grainy malt, citrus, faint pine & weeds. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, effervescent carbonation, dry crisp finish. (4/5)

First time I’ve seen the “Brut” designation applied to an IPL, but it’s not that far a stretch by comparison to an IPA. The body is light, the carbonation champagne-like, and the finish dry, consistent with that sub-style. Definite Lager characteristics on the nose, including some stone fruits and slightly browned apple. Decent, but not as good as some of the IPAs of the style I’ve had. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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