Black Bridge Brewery Hop Creep – American Pale Ale at 5.3% ABV (C$5.22 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 20-May-2022, acquired 6-Oct-2022, reviewed 13-Oct-2022)
Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fat fingers of loose fluffy pale ivory head, good retention and spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, resiny pine, phenols, citrus, herbal. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, slight astringent. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration astringent finish. (3/5)
Weird one. It started off much like any number of Pales, albeit with a little astringency in the flavour and finish. But, as it warms there’s an herbal note that grows in intensity, becoming an increasingly strong Witbier-like phenolic note. It wouldn’t be out of place in e.g. a Belgian IPA, but it doesn’t feel deliberate or appropriate here. Not really working for me. (12/20)
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