Twin Sails Brewing Space Armadillo – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV | 60 IBU

Twin Sails Brewing Space Armadillo American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV | 60 IBU (C$4.95 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 27-Dec-2018, acquired 13-Feb-2019, reviewed 16-Feb-2019)

Appearance: clear deep gold with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: juicy citrus, tropical fruit, grainy caramel, flinty petrichor, light resiny pine, dry hay funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter slightly astringent finish. (4/5)

Another excellent offering from Twin Sails. The use of Sacc Trois yeast is generally even-handed and unobtrusive, initially manifesting as tropical fruit and becoming otherwise distinguishable only near the end of the pint as things warm up. In fact, I suspect if you were served one of these cold and drank it at normal speed, you might not even notice it, but I got distracted halfway through and when I came back to it when it was at least 10ºC. Even so, the funkiness wasn’t unpleasant, but instead an interesting counterpoint to its bright fruitiness when colder. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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