Granville Island Brewing West Coast IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Granville Island Brewing West Coast IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$2.75 at Econo Liquor Okotoks, 355 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 29-Jan-2020, reviewed 29-Jan-2020)

Appearance: clear deep gold with one fat finger of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: caramel, floral, citrus, pine. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration bitter finish. (3/5)

The brewer notes claim the “bright, floral, citrusy hoppiness of a modern IPA, rounded out by a subtle malt character” but in fact the malt is predominant in pretty much exactly the way one would expect for a near-macro, mass-market-ish offering. It’s OK, but it’s nothing special. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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