Banded Peak Southern Aspect NWIPA

Reviewed by on February 14, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Banded Peak Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 14, 2018

  • Best Before: canned January 23, 2018

  • ABV: 7.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Banded Peak is another Calgary craft brewery that has taken to canning their products, so that other nice folks around our province can have a go at them at home!  Southern Aspect (an appropriate enough name) is a Northwest American-style IPA, made with Mosaic and Ekuanot hops.

This 473ml can pours a generally clear, bright medium apricot amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some pockmarked limestone wall lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of resinous pine needles, white chalk, acrid orange and red grapefruit pith, gritty and grainy pale malt, a twinge of further muddled tropical fruitiness, and more leafy, weedy, and estery floral green hoppiness.  The taste is crackery and grainy pale malt, a lesser biscuity caramel sweetness, rather tame mixed citrus and exotic fruity notes, more flinty chalkiness, some leafy, floral, and piney hop bitters, and a suggestion of a notion of a sense of metallic alcohol warming.  The carbonation is barely adequate in its supportive and essentially just jocular frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the usual interlopers seem otherwise distracted here.  It finishes trending dry, as the general sweetness drops out of the lingering malt.

Overall, I don’t know exactly which direction (east or west) of south this brewer intended their ‘aspect’ to be, but I would proffer that it actually starts and ends somewhere approaching Vermont – yeah, they’ve cleaned up the turbidity since I first had this one on tap, but it’s still chalky, and more focused on the verdant, instead of fruity hop character. But maybe it’s just me. At any rate, a very well-wrought IPA, of any stripe.

Brady White



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