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O.T. Brewing Company Ghost Runner Raspberry IPA – American IPA at 6.6% ABV

O.T. Brewing Company Ghost Runner Raspberry IPA – American IPA at 6.6% ABV (C$4.45 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 31-Dec-2020, reviewed 12-Jan-2021)

Appearance: clear ruby with one fat finger of loose pale lavender head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap and ring, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: bright raspberry, white grape, faint citrus, hint of resiny pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, moderate tart. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, bright tart finish. (4/5)

Brewer’s notes call this a Milkshake IPA – which despite my familiarity with the style I still find a bit jarring given its clarity – though there is in fact a little bit of creaminess in the body. Brewer notes indicate oats and Tahitian vanilla were used to accomplish this, instead of lactose, which thankfully seems to keep the sweetness under control. It’s dry-hopped with Citra and Hallertau Blanc, and I actually am getting the white grape / gooseberry notes of the latter, but not a whole lot of citrus from the former. Not overly complex, perhaps, but I really appreciate the bright raspberry, so I’ll forgive its tendency to single-note dominance. (15/20)

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