Île Sauvage Brewing Azacca Dry-Hopped Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5.8% ABV (C$4.90 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 1-Oct-2021, reviewed 5-Oct-2021)
Appearance: hazy pale gold with a massive unruly loose pale amber head, good retention and heavy soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: citrus zest, herbal & wild funk, bready yeast, stone fruit. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter, light funky tart. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, dry mild bitter slightly astringent finish. (4/5)
Definite indications of Wild / Kveik brewing here, starting with the unruly head rendering this nearly unpourable, and carrying through into the aroma and slightly astringent finish. Not being told this was a kveik, I initially thought there was some sort of Brett-like infection going on. Then I dug a little, and re-evaluated. Still, the overall structure feels a bit haphazard, rather than having a clear focus – bottom line, if it’s going to be a Wild or a Kviek, then roll with that, instead of calling it an Azacca dry-hopped Pale. I mean, yes, fine, it’s not wrong, but maybe use “wild” or “kveik” on the label to give the drinker a heads up? Not bad overall, but lacking focus. (14/20)
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