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Outcast Brewing J’Adore les Houblons – American IPA at 6.1% ABV

Outcast Brewing J’Adore les Houblons – American IPA at 6.1% ABV (C$5.45 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 26-Feb-2021, acquired 3-Mar-2021, reviewed 4-Mar-2021)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with one finger of fine off-white head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: pithy grapefruit, stone fruit, bready malt, hint of field berries. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry medium bitter finish. (4/5)

The can fell out of my truck and took a pretty good knock, so perhaps that’s why the carbonation is on the low side. I think this is my first experience with Barbe Rouge hops, a new variety from Alsace, and presumably the reason for the French name. (Side note: I used to have a barbe rouge, but it’s a barbe blanche these days…) I’m not really getting a lot of the berry flavours apparently attributed to that varietal, but I’m also getting none of the coconut I usually find with Sabro, so I’m not too sure what’s happening there. On the other hand, it’s flavourful and easy to drink, so I’m not gonna complain. (16/20)

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