Driftwood Brewery Original Gravity Haze – American IPA at 7% ABV

Driftwood Brewery Original Gravity Haze American IPA at 7% ABV (C$3.91 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 12-Sep-2019, acquired 12-Apr-2019, reviewed 2-May-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale golf with one finger of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, tropical fruit, citrus, pale crackery malt, faint resiny pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish medium duration finish. (4/5)

The can says there’s green apple in this, but hell if I can detect any. That said, the web site says “apple pectin” so maybe that’s why I’m not getting any actual apple flavour. (They also say they added oats for viscosity, but again, bit of a swing and a miss on that count too.) On the up side, the hop blend – El Dorado, Amarillo, Mosaic, Idaho Seven, Citra, Simcoe, and Vic Secret – is quite nice, including a lot of my personal favourites. All in all, a decent enough foray onto the NEIPA bandwagon, if not exactly crushing it – and certainly not a patch on Raised by Wolves, or Fat Tug. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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