Fernie The Eldorado Single Hop IPA

Reviewed by on April 19, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fernie Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Fernie, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 19, 2016

  • Best Before: September 2016

  • ABV: 6.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

This is the most recent (Spring 2016, A.D.) offering in the Fernie Brewing Company’s ‘Bucket List’ IPA series, made with ‘The Eldorado’ hops, and lemongrass to boot.

This 650ml bottle pours a sort of hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and sticky eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar bonsai-tree reminiscent webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy and doughy caramel malt, strong, estery florals, edgy lemongrass, juicy stone fruit, a touch of hard water flintiness, and more leafy and earthy hop bitterness. The taste is more rather doughy caramel malt, prominent mixed citrus fleshy notes (inclusive of the lemongrass), further tropical fruitiness, a minor pithy chalk character, and some lesser leafy, grassy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite laid-back in its welcoming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and actually quite smooth, this particular hop not of the spoilsport type, it would seem, even allowing for a gentle emerging creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, with the robust fruitiness and back-burner malt lingering on into that good night.

Overall, a very enjoyable and drinkable single-hop IPA, the (sorry, ‘The’) Eldorado hop very capable of carrying off the whole bittering affair, it would seem. Tasty, and a nice Spring-friendly IPA, especially with the subtle lemongrass spiciness.

Brady White

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