Phantom Beer Co. no: 01 (again) – American IPA at 7% ABV | 44.5 IBU

Phantom Beer Co. no: 01 (again) – American IPA at 7% ABV | 44.5 IBU (C$4.00 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 25-Oct-2019, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 13-Jan-2020)

Appearance: near opaque deep gold with two fat fingers of fluffy white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, dank pine, tropical & stone fruit, caramel. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

I always like it when a brewery I haven’t been with from the beginning re-introduces prior releases. It’s too bad I didn’t find this earlier, though, because for the style it’s definitely a bit long in the can – I wonder if it might’ve been brighter when fresh. Solid, with a balanced combination of fruit and mildly dank pine. The finish flirts with astringency, but overall is reasonably clean. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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