Hawk Tail Brewery India Pale Ale – American IPA at 6% ABV

Hawk Tail Brewery India Pale Ale American IPA at 6% ABV (C$2.65 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 21-Jan-2019, acquired 13-Feb-2019, reviewed 19-Feb-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with a thin pearlescent head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: doughy caramel, citrus, grassy weeds. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish medium duration bitter finish. (3/5)

I waffled a bit as to how to classify this: it’s malt-heavy in an almost English style, but the bitterness tends more American. Call it an old-fashioned AIPA, I guess, but it’s actually almost an Amber.  The label claims it’s “high in alcohol content” and “wildly bitter”, but those statements would only be true if you were comparing it to mass-market macro Lagers. All in all, a bit disappointing. (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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