Coulee Hoodoo Hops IPA

Reviewed by on September 27, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Coulee Brew Co.

  • Origin: Lethbridge, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 27, 2016

  • Best Before: canned July 28, 2016

  • ABV: 6.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Lethbridge, Alberta’s Coulee Brew Co. are up and running in their own operation now, after contract brewing out of B.C. – glad to see them making their own suds now!  Hoodoo Hops IPA references a geologic phenomenon found in southern Alberta.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves some stellar crooked webbed lace around the glass as it very lazily sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, mixed domestic citrus flesh and a more exotic tropical fruitiness, some ethereal hard water flintiness, and further leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, candied toffee, orange and red grapefruit rind, some melon-forward tropical notes, and more leafy, piney, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its mostly supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of hop acridity the proverbial fly in the ointment, as it were. It finishes well off-dry, the big and brash malt joining up with the lingering muddled fruitiness to give the hop bitterness a serious run for its money.

Overall, Hoodoo Hops is a rather enjoyable and sturdy IPA – that malt body seems like it could go on for miles and miles, and, well, the general balance thus suffers a tad.  At any rate, quite tasty, especially if you’re a-ok not having your tastebuds raked over by the hops.

Brady White



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