Brewsters Mad Hops DIPA

Reviewed by on May 5, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 5, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Double IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Mad Hops is Brewsters’ version of a Double IPA, which they are now packaging in bombers.  I didn’t have the best of experiences with this particular offering when it debuted on tap a few years ago, but bygones – meet the bygones!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some arising from the depths Cthulhu profile lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, a slightly biscuity and toasted toffee sweetness adjunct, muddled domestic citrus flesh, subtle wayward yeast, and equally muted, if still effective leafy, herbal, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is more grainy, bready, and doughy caramel malt, wet wheat crackers, a consistently hard to parse citrus acridity, some mildly astringent earthy yeast, and more zingy leafy, weedy, and piney hoppiness – the booze doing well to entertain my sense of cognitive dissonance for the time being.  The carbonation is fairly robust in its initially fizzy, and subsequently jovial frothiness, the body a more than solid middleweight, and actually quite smooth, the varied hops and encroaching booze not yet a qualifying factor, as such.  It finishes well off-dry, the sort of clocked-out malt keeping a stiff upper lip about it all, while the citrusy, piney, and sauced-up floral hops linger on, and on, and yep, you guessed it – on.

Well, the times, they certainly can change, as perhaps my palate has (nah, it’s the former), wherein an initially disagreeable brew gets perhaps a rejiggering come the next year or release format – I don’t really know.  Whatever, they got it right this time, a fact I figured out after the midpoint of a south side Edmonton bike ride with an old friend last week – this here is just further proof.

Brady White

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