Category 12 Insubordinate

Reviewed by on August 12, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Category 12 Brewing

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

So-called India session ales are admittedly good for summertime backyard sippin’ – or perhaps cooking something up in the manner of Breaking Bad, if this one’s label is any indication!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some tiered streaky cloud lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, some biscuity cracker, generic citrus rind, wet pine needles, a hint of earthy yeast, and more leafy and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is fairly acrid underripe lemon, orange, and white grapefruit peel, heady pine resin and a few of its forest flora friends, maybe a suggestion of battered tropical fruitiness, and more strangely un-perfumed floral bitterness.  The carbonation is quite evenhanded in its well-distributed frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, as a small hop acridity kind of interferes with the festivities here.  It finishes trending rather dry, the bottom falling out of the malt, as expected, while the tartly fruity, and otherwise green bitter characters really show some lingering oomph.

Overall, a decent enough version of the style, with just enough of a nod to a malt backbone structure to keep things from going off the watery hop rails.  Tasty, pretty easy to drink, and yeah, very sessionable, that is, until certain receptors on my tongue start to feel a bit singled out, and book it outta there.

Brady White

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