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Cabin Brewing Company Summer Saturation Tropical New England Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 40 IBU

Cabin Brewing Company Summer Saturation Tropical New England Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 40 IBU (C$4.72 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 19-Mar-2020, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 1-Apr-2020)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with two fat fingers of loose off-white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: juicy and sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit, bready malt and oats. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry medium bitter lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Looks like grapefruit juice, and doesn’t taste a whole lot different, either. Well… a bit more tropical, I suppose. Brewer notes indicate Ekuanot, Citra and Simcoe hops, but there’s none of the cattiness that I’ve found Simcoe in particular sometimes gives. Hearty flavour without excessive sweetness, on a smooth body verging on creamy. Definitely not a Pale that tastes like a watered-down IPA! If only it weren’t still full-on winter, this’d be a great one for the patio – but I’ll take it as a promise that better days are coming… assuming we avoid a full-on Zombie Apocalypse, of course… (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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