Best of Kin Brewing Potluck XPA – American Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV

Best of Kin Brewing Potluck XPA American Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV (C$3.91 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 29-Aug-2019, reviewed 10-Sep-2019)

Appearance: clear medium gold with two fat fingers of growing fluffy pale ivory head, excellent retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bready caramel, citrus, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration bitter slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

I guess this qualifies as an XPA, in the sense that it sort of splits the difference between an APA and an IPA. Unfortunately, it does that back-to-front: the aroma is mild and sort of malt-dominated, like many APAs, while the bitterness is somewhat emphatic. Although I’m a total hophead, I’d still prefer it the other way around: big aroma and restrained bitter. It’s OK, but certainly nothing exceptional. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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