Dageraad Blonde IPA

Reviewed by on August 8, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dageraad Brewing

  • Origin: Burnaby, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 9, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

I know that this brewery is all about the Belgian way of things, so why did they make a big deal about brewing a Belgian IPA – it’s not like this will be a full-on, PAC-NW example of the style, right?

This 650ml bottle pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some stratified cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells lightly of grainy and bready pale malt, some lemon, lime, and white grapefruit citrus zest, further indistinct tropical stone fruit, fresh-cut hay, subtle earthy and mildly funky yeast, and a bit of plain leafy, weedy, and piney green hoppiness.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser spicy wheatiness, some hard to pin down edgy spice – clove and black pepper, maybe – sauced-up mushy pear, mixed domestic citrus notes, a pretty tame estery yeastiness, and more understated floral, leafy, and damp and resinous piney hops.  The carbonation is adequate for the inherent base nature here, via its only timidly aggressive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the expected yeast onslaught fails to materialize.  It finishes off-dry, the fruit-tinged malt lingering most readily.

Overall, this is still more of a gently hopped Belgian blonde ale, than anything particularly IPA-like, even the Low Countries versions.  That said, it is rather easy to put back, without even a mere whisper from the 15-proof booze contingent.  Worth checking out this summer, if like yours truly, you usually find this style more than a tad disjointed and off-putting.

Brady White

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