Tool Shed Brewing Company Black is The New Pink (Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day 2019) – Black IPA at 6.5% ABV

Tool Shed Brewing Company Black is The New Pink (Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day 2019) Black IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$2.83 at Okotoks Co-Op, 355 ml, packaged on 19-Apr-2019, acquired 28-Apr-2019, reviewed 30-Apr-2019)

Appearance: clear brown with one fat finger of creamy beige head, excellent retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, dark roasted malt, coffee. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-high carbonation, off-dry medium duration finish. (4/5)

Nice example of a style that can be tough to get right. Initially hops dominate, but as it warms, the dark roasted notes gain ground, making for an interesting evolution of the overall feel as the pint progresses. The brewer notes indicate it’s hopped with Ahtanum, Simcoe, Ekuanot, and Mosaic, but neither really stand out as far as I can tell. Personally, I’d prefer just a bit more hoppiness in both the aroma and flavour, particularly from Mosaic – but it’s pretty good as-is. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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