Folding Mountain Ridgeline IIPA
Reviewed by Brady White on April 5, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Folding Mountain Brewing
- Origin: Jasper East, AB, CA
- Rated On: April 5, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 9.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American Double IPA
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar streaky and webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.
It smells of grainy and bready caramel malt, dank pine resin, a bit of musty yeastiness, muddled domestic citrus rind, and more leafy, weedy, and gently lit-up floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, blood orange and red grapefruit citrus flesh, some wet minerality, and more zingy leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness. The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the hops here seem to be of the benevolent sort, in that respect. It finishes off-dry, the malt, citrus, and forest floor detritus essences locked in a lingering embrace.
Overall – this is a fairly thorough representation of the west coast DIPA ideal, nice and hoppy, with just the right amount of mouth-baiting bitterness. And the 19-proof boozy-booze is damned-near nowhere to be seen, which is always a neat trick, if you can pull it off. Great stuff!