Canmore Misty Mountain Hops

Reviewed by on June 9, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Canmore Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 9, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: New England IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Misty Mountain Hops is both a New England Style IPA, and perhaps a riff (hah) on the classic 1971 Led Zeppelin song from IV.  Both play well around these parts, I gotta say.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves a few layers of frilly lace around the glass as it rather slowly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some fresh orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, a damp minerality, and more earthy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, some muddled domestic citrus peel, further indistinct tropical fruity notes, some flinty chalkiness, ethereal yeast, and more leafy, weedy, and floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its structurally supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really going out of its way to mess with the ideal here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt, frooty character, and greenery in full lingering effect.

Overall – this comes across as an agreeable and approachable version of the IPA sub-style, with all the robust hop flavour, but sans the attendant bitterness. Easy to throw back on a rainy Saturday afternoon, especially when the extra booze is totally undetectable.

Brady White

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