Bench Creek Apex Predator

Reviewed by on April 15, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 15, 2017

  • Best Before: packaged March 20, 2017

  • ABV: 8.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Apparently this is essentially Bench Creek’s previous Troubled Waters keg-only collab, but now with a few hop tweaks, and released in tall-boy four-packs.

This 473ml can pours a turbid, medium banana yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of dissolving ice floe lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of musky and dank pine resin, domestic orange and white grapefruit citrus flesh, muddled tropical fruit, bready and crackery pale malt, a lesser biscuity caramel sweetness, and more leafy, weedy, and faintly perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a further cereal graininess, juicy orange, lemon, and red Texas grapefruit citrus, some papaya, pineapple, and kiwi exotic fruity notes, a flinty stoniness, and more leafy, herbal, and wet pine needle verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its generally supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the hops do well to keep the noise levels down right about now.  It finishes off-dry, with a nice mix of citrus, tropicals, wet rocks, and forest floor detritus.

Overall, this comes across much in the same vein as its predecessor, duly aping the American Northeast IPA style to which it aspires.  The one so-far unmentioned metric that should now be noted is the pretty much totally and thoroughly integrated 8.2 points of the ol’ wowee sauce – always a nice thing, yeah? A genial new addition to the Alberta beer-scape that will continue to ingratiate all of we hopheads who reside in it.

Brady White

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