Valley Brewing, Inc. Rustler Imperial Hazy IPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.8% ABV | 50 IBU (C$5.35 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Dec-2021, reviewed 7-Jan-2022)
Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: sweet tropical & stone fruit, citrus, vanilla, coconut, cereal grains, hint of dank. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: soft medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish short duration finish. (3/5)
Pleasantly juicy notes of tropical & stone fruits and citrus combine with a sweet, almost creamy vanilla and a hint of coconut to make for a somewhat Creamsicle-ish overall character. It’s slightly too sweet for my preference, but other than that it’s pretty good. Fact is, because of that excess sweetness I’d probably prefer their lower-ABV Namesake IPA or Virtue APA – and going for the lower ABV is a definitely bit uncommon for me, so… (15/20)
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