Best of Kin Brewing Big Hat Hazy IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Best of Kin Brewing Big Hat Hazy IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$4.45 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 1-Dec-2020, acquired 10-Feb-2021, reviewed 22-Feb-2021)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with two fingers of pillowy pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, citrus, stone fruit, pale cereal malts, light earthy pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-low carbonation, medium duration soft finish. (4/5)

I guess it says I’ve been a transplanted westerner too long when my immediate reaction to this one’s name was “All hat and no cattle”. That’s not to suggest that’s going on here, though, because it does deliver a pleasant, easy-to-drink thirst quencher. And yet… the only reason I haven’t given this a higher score in aroma and taste is because it’s mild, almost to the point of muted. A bit more enthusiasm could make it memorable, but as it is it’s merely quite serviceable. On the other hand, it is more than two months in the can, so I’ll make a note to try a fresher copy if I find one. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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