Matchless Brewing Brave Wizard – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV (C$5.80 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 10-May-2021, acquired 3-Sep-2021, reviewed 14-Sep-2021)
Appearance: slightly hazy medium gold with two fat fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, red berries, stone fruit, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, sticky warming (verging on hot) edgy lingering bitter finish. (3/5)
Hopped with Bravo, Mouture, Centennial, and Amarillo. Maybe it’s just too long in the can, but it’s malt-dominant, sweet almost to the point of sickliness, and edgy in the finish. I don’t have a problem with bombastic WCDIPAs, but this just feels clumsy and unbalanced in favour of the malt. At best old-fashioned, and at worst a mediocre effort. (13/20)
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