Good Mood India Pale Ale

Reviewed by on June 11, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Good Mood Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 11, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The march of Calgarian craft brewer cans continues unabated across this fine province of ours!  We’ll see if that puts me in a good mood today.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, somewhat rocky, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random spattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it very lazily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy cereal malt, some bruised apple and juicy generic citrus mixed fruitiness, a minor damp minerality, and more leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some biscuity toffee squares, a hint of black pepper spice, muddled domestic citrus rind, and a now stronger leafy, herbal, and estery floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-soothing frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad out of the good ol’ cellar fridge.  It finishes off-dry, the base malt still holding court, while the blended hoppy essences swirl about in a cute lingering denouement.

Overall – well, I shouldn’t solely rely on a mere beer to change whatever mood I may have already been in today, but I have to admit it, this is a pretty good IPA, one free of any trendy haze/milkshake/turbid pretensions.  Yep, we’ve got an old-school (for around here, anyway) West Coast version in this simply-named offering, and we are all the better for it.  Yeah.

Brady White

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