Salt Spring Island Ales Earl Grey IPA – English IPA at 7% ABV

 IPA at 7% ABV (C$5.45 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 15-Apr-2019, acquired 14-Jun-2019, reviewed 17-Jun-2019)

Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of rocky ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: sweet caramel, bergamot, black tea, citrus, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, moderate bitter lingering slightly astringent finish. (4/5)

I was cautiously optimistic here: I like Earl Grey tea, and English-style IPAs might not be my absolute favourite, but I still enjoy them. And, this sort of works. The bergamot is obvious, but not overwhelming, and the added notes of black tea and citrus definitely make this reminiscent of a nice cup of tea. Not quite as crushable and thirst-quenching as the new American styles, but definitely one worth sipping. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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