Arrowhead I’m So Freaking Hoppy

Reviewed by on February 27, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Arrowhead Brewing Company

  • Origin: Invermere, BC, CA

  • Rated On: February 26, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Imperial IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Invermere, BC, sits in the heart of the Columbia Valley, a predictably popular vacation spot for all those Calgarians tiring of the hubbub of Banff National Park (your dear scribe included).  So, in that spirit, I am bestowing upon Arrowhead Brewing honourary Albertan status, for the purposes of this beer guide, and beer enthusiasts all over Wild Rose Country.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly glassy, medium brassy amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and pleasantly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a decent spectrum of melting iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of somewhat bitter orange and watery grapefruit flesh, a further touch of lemon-lime citrus essence, soft bready caramel malt, a hint of metallic stoniness, and further floral, leafy hops. The taste is fairly laid-back grapefruit, passionfruit, and blood orange rind, more grainy caramel malt, a pervasive wet breadiness, and muddled floral, moderately perfumed hops. The bubbles are a bit peppy, and only edgy enough to actually make me notice them, the body medium-light in weight, for the style, and a bit too pithy in the overall smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt apparently less than willing to give it all up to the well-preserved citrusy and piney hop bitterness.

An enjoyable IPA, in the end, the freshness and earnestness quite hard to ignore. Not overly complex, but that’s hardly a defect. This is good now, but I suspect that there will yet be a few tweaks here and there, before the next time I come across this, hopefully in that little pub overlooking the lake, where my choices can now extend beyond Kokanee for ‘local’ brew.

Brady White

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