Valley Brewing, Inc. Namesake Hazy IPA – American IPA at 6.8% ABV | 30 IBU

Valley Brewing, Inc. Namesake Hazy IPA – American IPA at 6.8% ABV | 30 IBU (C$4.72 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 31-Oct-2019, acquired 21-Nov-2019, reviewed 22-Nov-2019)

Appearance: hazy straw with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: stone fruit, tropical fruit, citrus, oats, bready malt, pine. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (4/5)

Wow. I was told this one took top honours at IPA Day a little while ago, and the reasons for that were obvious upon pouring it. The aromas of ANZAC hops and oats were immediately apparent, and I didn’t even need to taste it to know it was going to be good. (But I did. You can’t be too careful about these things.) And for that to come from a local(-ish) small-town brewery I’d never even heard of before? Impressive. As. Fuck. Will definitely be keeping an eye on these guys. (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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