Rogue Ales Neon Snowpocalypse – Cold IPA at 8.2% ABV | 50 IBU (C$7.55 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 9-Jan-2023, acquired 4-Jul-2023, reviewed 12-Jul-2023)
Appearance: clear pale gold with two fingers of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bready yeast, citrus, tropical fruit, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter warming slightly sticky and boozy finish. (3/5)
Look, I hemmed and hawed about adding a “Cold IPA” category to my collection in the first place, I can’t see “Imperial Cold IPA” being a frequent enough thing to justify another category. Brewer notes say this is hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado, Motueka, Galaxy, and Bru-1. This is probably too old for me to be giving it a fair shake, but I’m actually finding the bready yeast note to be dominant here, not the hopping. Edgy throughout and just very slightly astringent in the finish, this is one of those relatively rare cases where I think I’d have preferred the brewer stuck with a lighter malt bill and dialled things back a touch. (14/20)
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