Against the Grain Brewery Pile of Face – American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 65 IBU

Against the Grain Brewery Pile of Face American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 65 IBU (C$6.34 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 21-Sep-2019, acquired 8-May-2019, reviewed 17-May-2019)

Appearance: chill hazed pale amber with one fat finger of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, resiny pine, caramel, grass. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

No explanation for the name or trippy can art, other than, they’re brewers, and so presumably drink heavily? [Update: I went to their web site and discovered, in addition to a whole bunch of foul language, a more fulsome description. It has to do with so many brewers choosing skulls for logos, so all the skulls are used up, leaving a pile of faces. So, yeah, like I said: Brewers. Heavy drinking.] Fairly straightforward A/IPA, with citrus and resiny pine duking it out over a moderate caramel backbone and just enough alcohol content to make life worth continuing. Solid enough, I suppose, if not particularly interesting or memorable. (15/20)

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