Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Half Pints Humulus Ludicrous

As promised, I'm moving onto some Canadian beers. Today's beer comes from a local craft brewery. It is very aptly named, as it comes in with a whopping 100 IBUs! It is sold in a 650mL brown bottle, with 8% alcohol/vol. This is going to be my first imperial IPA [edit: Actually, it's not my first]. I think they put the wrong bottle caps on. The one on this bottle says "twist" on it (along with an arrow for the direction), yet the bottle is clearly not a twist-off.

When opened, I was immediately smacked in the face with hops. It almost made my eyes water. It poured dark amber/light brown in colour, and formed a small frothy head that lasted a long time. It was hard to see the bubbles due to the colour of the beer, but they were definitely there. The aroma was still mainly hops after the pour (as expected).

This beer was definitely one for hop-heads! In fact, it was hard to tell anything about the beer other than the ridiculous amount of hopping that went into it. The beer felt thick in the mouth, yet very smooth. The carbonation didn't leave a burning sensation in the mouth. There was a noticeable amount of warmth from either the alcohol or the hops. As expected, the beer left a strong bitter aftertaste. I could see drinking this beer on occasion, but probably would not make it a regular beer. It's the kind of beer to drink if you're out with friends (who only drink mass-produced domestic) and you don't want them stealing your drink. All that being said, I rather enjoyed this beer as it felt like a bit of an adventure.

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