Field & Forge Brewing Co. Cranberry IPA – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 50 IBU (C$3.73 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Dec-2021, reviewed 1-Jan-2022)
Appearance: clear medium gold with two fingers of rocky ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: cranberry, citrus, pine, pale crackery malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter, mild tart. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry crisp lightly tart finish. (4/5)
I previously had their Cold IPA, which was a collaboration with Blindman, and maybe my first example of the “Cold IPA” style, nominally associated with using pilsner malt and lager yeast (and no, I don’t how how that then isn’t just an India Pale Lager). This is pretty similar, with the added cranberry adjunct. The label says they use Enigma hops, but doesn’t say it’s exclusively single-hop. I was actually expecting this to be pink, especially given the amount of cranberry presence, and in fact the fruit juice presence ultimately makes this something similar to a Radler. It ends up being crisp, tart, and refreshing – I like it. (15/20)
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