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Driftwood Brewery Original Gravity Haze – American IPA at 7% ABV

Driftwood Brewery Original Gravity Haze American IPA at 7% ABV (C$3.91 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 12-Sep-2019, acquired 12-Apr-2019, reviewed 2-May-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale golf with one finger of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, tropical fruit, citrus, pale crackery malt, faint resiny pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish medium duration finish. (4/5)

The can says there’s green apple in this, but hell if I can detect any. That said, the web site says “apple pectin” so maybe that’s why I’m not getting any actual apple flavour. (They also say they added oats for viscosity, but again, bit of a swing and a miss on that count too.) On the up side, the hop blend – El Dorado, Amarillo, Mosaic, Idaho Seven, Citra, Simcoe, and Vic Secret – is quite nice, including a lot of my personal favourites. All in all, a decent enough foray onto the NEIPA bandwagon, if not exactly crushing it – and certainly not a patch on Raised by Wolves, or Fat Tug. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

Kalispell Brewing Co. Cloudcroft IPA – American IPA at 7.3% ABV | 76 IBU

Kalispell Brewing Co. Cloudcroft IPA American IPA at 7.3% ABV | 76 IBU (US$1.99 at Brix Bottleshop, 355 ml, packaged on 2-Aug-2018, acquired 22-Oct-2018, reviewed 26-Oct-2018)

Appearance: hazily muddy pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky ivory head, good retention and moderate droopy lacing. Marred slightly by heavy chunks of particulate. (3/5) Aroma: dank pine, caramel, citrus, light floral. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering and building bitter finish. (4/5)

A pleasantly dank West Coast-ish IPA, with a serious hop punch in the finish leaving no doubt as to the presence of massive doses of the usual suspects starts-with-C hops. (Turns out it’s CTZ, Chinook, Cascade, and Summit.) My biggest complaint about this one is the appearance, which is muddy and marred by large flakes of particulate. Other than that admittedly minor quibble, it’s an enjoyable brew for a hop head. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze