Blindman Long Shadows IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on July 30, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Blindman Brewing
- Origin: Lacombe, AB, CA
- Rated On: July 30, 2016
- Best Before: October 19, 2016
- ABV: 7.1%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American IPA
- Rating: GOOD !
This 473ml can pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as things evenly subside.
It smells of fresh, somewhat dank pine resin, muddled citrus fruit, a twinge of its tropical cousins, crackery pale and caramel malt, a soft wet stoniness, and more earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is rather crackery in its caramel-heavy malt backbone, with an equally citrusy and piney based hop acridity, more hard water flinty notes, a fading tropical fruitiness, and a growing leafy and perfumed floral bitterness. The bubbles are fairly light and innocuous in their plainly rendered frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, as the hops here have the good social graces to leave well enough alone.
Overall, Long Shadows is a pleasant first commercial crack for this brewery at the venerable Yankee IPA, with an elevated ABV that doesn’t seem prone to messing around. Lots of robust hop flavour, without much of (despite some of the preceding words) the attendant bitterness – that should keep the crossover/gateway potential high, yeah?