Brewsters Curly Horse IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on September 3, 2014 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: September 2, 2014
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 6.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American IPA
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 500ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with one flabby finger of somewhat puffy, foamy, and fairly creamy off-white head, which settles evenly, leaving a wall of striated painted lace around the glass – sure looks like a proper IPA to me.
It smells of grapefruit and bitter orange citrus, pine needles, biscuity caramel malt, and a further herbal, leafy, and kind of perfumed bitterness. The taste starts out leaning more towards the caramel/toffee malt, until the lemon and orange citrus peel and dewy pine resin acridity quickly catches up, all underpinned by a twinge of estery alcohol warming. The carbonation is moderate, and mostly unobtrusive (I did initially burp a bit, for what it’s worth), the body a solid middleweight, borderline smooth, and maybe a bit sticky. It finishes fairly clean, with a blend of the now usual suspects – semi-sweet malt and bitter piney, floral hops.
I have oft bemoaned our lack of the simple pleasure that all cities in the U.S., and a few others in Canada, afford their hop-minded denizens: the ability to walk into one’s local brewpub, and call for a pint of a real American IPA (and perhaps another and another). Now, finally, Brewsters has come through – a well balanced West Coast IPA – multifaceted, challenging hops, and a decent malt backbone to boot. Count this particular hophead satisfied.