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Winterlong Brewing Co. Reckless Abandon – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV | 100 IBU

Winterlong Brewing Co. Reckless Abandon – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV | 100 IBU (C$5.04 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 31-Dec-2020, reviewed 14-Jan-2021)

Appearance: clear pale gold with two fingers of foamy white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, melon, grainy malt, citrus, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky finish. (3/5)

I’m getting top notes that might be called melon or floral, but in any case are a little non-standard for the style. Not unpleasant, by any means, but a little unfocused. Pretty easy drinking for what the brewer claims to be nearly maximal bitter, and a fairly high ABV, so it’s got that going for it. Decent, if not earth-shattering. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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