The Establishment Brewing Company Viva Forever – American Pale Ale at 5.1% ABV (C$5.25 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 6-Mar-2023, acquired 9-Mar-2023, reviewed 10-Mar-2023)
Appearance: hazy straw with two fat fingers of rocky white head, good retention and moderate spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: stone fruit, citrus, vinous, cereal grains. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body dropping off slightly watery, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild bitter slightly tart finish. (3/5)
This isn’t unpleasant, what there is of it. It does, however, strike me as being unnecessarily light – across the board, in aroma, flavour, and body – given the not-insubstantial ABV. Ultimately it’s one of those APA’s that seems like a watered-down IPA, instead of its own thing. (14/20)
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