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The Establishment Brewing Company 9 to 5 Brut IPA with Hibiscus – American IPA at 6.4% ABV

The Establishment Brewing Company 9 to 5 Brut IPA with Hibiscus – American IPA at 6.4% ABV (C$4.75 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 24-Mar-2020, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 29-Mar-2020)

Appearance: crystal clear pink gold with one finger of loose pale pink head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, no lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, tropical fruit, floral, herbal, pale crackery malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low bitter, light tart. (6/10) Palate: light body, lively carbonation, dry slightly flat finish. (3/5)

It’s hard to point to exactly what’s not working here. I guess it’s partially the very mild aroma, and partially the way the finish seem to fall flat despite the dryness and lively carbonation. On the up side, the hibiscus presence isn’t overwhelming, and there was at least some hop presence before it all kind of faded into the background. There’s nothing really wrong, but, boy, is it boring. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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