Analog Brewing Boomshakalaka – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Analog Brewing Boomshakalaka American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$10.25 at Collective, 946 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 14-Jun-2019, reviewed 14-Jun-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of fine pale ivory head, good retention and chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: stone & tropical fruit, bready caramel, light citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation dropping off rapidly, medium duration slightly watery finish. (3/5)

This starts off pretty promising, but then it just seems to lose steam. For example, the carbonation. I mean, yeah, it’s a growler, but it was filled only a couple of hours ago, and I got a very nice hiss upon cracking it. Not only that, it was actually pretty lively at the outset, but then it just kinda faded, ending up sort of watery in the finish. Similarly, the bright fruit aromas are promising, but end up coming across as slightly cloying. There’s very little citrus here, and no pine at all, and I think it would benefit from both. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a long way from unpleasant – but I don’t feel any great urge to go looking for it again, either. (13/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

2 replies on “Analog Brewing Boomshakalaka – American IPA at 6.5% ABV”

I would have thought those would be old hat for you? I remember reading about British pubs selling beer by the bucket, surely they’d be willing to put it in a resealable jug instead?

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