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Phantom Beer Co. Strata Conflict – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 30 IBU

Phantom Beer Co. Strata Conflict – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 30 IBU (C$4.36 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 5-Feb-2020, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 19-Mar-2020)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one fat finger of rocky off-white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bright juicy citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit, pale malt, hint of dank pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry short clean finish. (4/5)

That’s very nice. Bright juicy fruit notes dominate, with just a hint of dankness in the background. I can’t find any details anywhere, but I suspect their calling it a “Nordic” IPA refers to the use of a Kveik yeast. Regardless, it’s very pleasant and drinkable. (Edit: for future reference, it looks like Strata is the hop, formerly X-331, and a new one on me, as far as I know.) (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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