Ale Architect Brewing Ltd. Joy Wave DDH NE DIPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 7.8% ABV (C$4.93 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 6-May-2022, acquired 23-Dec-2021, reviewed 2-Jan-2022)
Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, cereal grains. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium soft body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration finish. (4/5)
The label says this is hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and El Dorado. The pleasant aroma and restrained sweetness on a clean malt background, with a medium body tending slightly soft and pillowy, make this very easy drinking despite the not-inconsiderable ABV. The only thing that’s stopping me from raving about this is the absence of any kind of resiny pine note, despite the fact that the Simcoe should have been capable of providing that, and as a result I find the character a bit less nuanced than I’d like to see. All in all, however, it’s a very respectable representation of that long string of initialisms that is the style. (16/20)
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