Snake Lake Brewing Company Birthday Suit – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV | 50 IBU

Snake Lake Brewing Company Birthday Suit American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV | 50 IBU (C$2.83 at Collective, 355 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 22-Feb-2019, reviewed 25-Feb-2019)

Appearance: slightly muddy hazy pale amber with one finger of creamy ivory head, good retention and spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild tropical fruit, citrus, grainy malt, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry medium bitter mildly warming finish. (4/5)

I’ve been quite impressed with these guys so far, but this one isn’t quite as good as some of the others I’ve had to date. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine – but it’s not quite as fine as Norglenwold or Sidewinder. More on a par with Taco IPA (except not as weird). Despite being hopped with Vic Secret, Azacca, and Ekuanot, this one just doesn’t have the zing in the aroma of their others. The higher ABV is fairly well managed, but I think overall the weight of the malt bill is dragging things down just a touch. In fact, I think I’d rather drink two of their NEIPAs, than one of this DNEIPA (NEDIPA?). (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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