Bench Creek Hop the Fence Kettle Sour IPA

Reviewed by on May 10, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 10, 2018

  • Best Before: canned April 14, 2018

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kettle Sour IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Hop the Fence is Bench Creek’s version of their collaboration brew with Saskatchewan’s Black Bridge, the latter’s having come out last month.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some roiling wavecrest pattern lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of soured milk, a musty yeastiness, orange and white grapefruit peel, gritty and grainy pale malt, and some leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery cereal malt, lactic acid, some lemon, orange, and generic grapefruit zest, ephemeral yeast, and more zingy floral, piney, and herbal verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-assaulting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and not particularly smooth, as the hop acridity takes more than a minor tithe here.  It finishes trending dry, the hop bitterness really keeping the lingering clamps on.

Overall – I am happy to report that this offering is much more ‘IPA’ than ‘sour’, with that kettle lactose thing kept in the distant background.  Crisp, and quite easy to put back, I shall enjoy the rest of this while still marveling at how little time it took my son to ‘learn’ to ride his big-boy bike yesterday.

Brady White

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