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Eighty-Eight Brewing Danger Zone – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 68 IBU

Eighty-Eight Brewing Danger Zone – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 68 IBU (C$4.72 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 29-Sep-2021, acquired 1-Oct-2021, reviewed 6-Oct-2021)

Appearance: clear pale gold with three fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: resiny pine, citrus, tropical fruit, caramel, herbal/pepper. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, building bitter slightly boozy finish. (4/5)

The labels says “Centennial + Azacca Hop Hash w/ Pacific Jade”, and the brewer web site gives a little more detail with the “malt bill consisting of Pilsner, Munich, and Caramel Steam.” Despite the “hop hash” approach being new, in the sense of really ramping up the lupulin extraction, this is largely an old-school WC DIPA, with emphatic hop presence built on a clean caramel base. To the extent it’s any different than the older generation of WC DIPAs, it’s in the bitterness being somewhat restrained for the hop presence. (16/20)

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