Ravens Brewing Co. Bellwether IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV | 70 IBU

Ravens Brewing Co. Bellwether IPA American IPA at 7% ABV | 70 IBU (C$3.78 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 14-Jun-2019, reviewed 21-Jun-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky off-white head, good retention and soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, resiny pine, citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering building bitter finish. (4/5)

Definitely an old-fashioned IPA, verging on DIPA in strength and bitterness, but with an emphatic caramel backbone. I note, for instance, that it follows the 10:1 ratio for IBU:ABV that I was observing more and more frequently amongst so many big IPAs before the hazy craze struck. Decent, but a bit malt-heavy for my preferred interpretation of the style. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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