Snake Lake Brewing Company Taco IPA – American IPA at 6.6% ABV | 40 IBU

Snake Lake Brewing Company Taco IPA American IPA at 6.6% ABV | 40 IBU (C$2.70 at Collective, 355 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 31-Jan-2019, reviewed 6-Feb-2019)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with one finger of fluffy ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, moderate spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy citrus, salty tortilla chips, grainy pale malt, lime zest, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild salt. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry mild bitter slightly briny finish. (4/5)

That’s… more than a little weird. (Which, don’t get me wrong, is not necessarily a bad thing.) I got quite a bit of salty tortilla chip aroma on the initial pour, but that diminished fairly rapidly – though it’s still certainly there in the finish. Not really “taco”, though, as much as “taco shell”. Decent enough overall, though I’d like to see brighter hops more dominant over the slightly gimmicky adjuncts. Also, credit where credit is due, I love the fact that they put ABV, IBU, SG, FG, and SRM on the label – but I’d forgo almost all of that in exchange for a packaging date. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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