GP Brewing TK IPA

Reviewed by on April 12, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: GP Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Grande Prairie, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

GP Brewing is a rather new operation, producing and canning their wares in a location adjacent to the Maddhatters nightclub near downtown Grande Prairie. I wonder what the ‘TK’ stands for – tool kit? Something to do with trucks?

This 355ml can pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some spattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy and crackery caramel malt, some flinty chalkiness, muddled light citrus and pome fruit, some wayward son yeastiness, and leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and somewhat doughy caramel malt, a bit of further toffee sweetness, easygoing citrus rind, a sort of plain tropical fruitiness, a suggestion of sugary nuts, and more understated leafy, piney, and sort of soapy floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly active in its basically structural frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the stoic malt keeping any wandering hop astringency from getting out of hand here. It finishes well off-dry, the base sweetness aided and abetted by the mixed fruitiness and the further trailing off of any hop bitterness.

Overall, a pleasant enough first IPA offering from this nascent Peace Country brewery – they didn’t go too big, but at least got it in the style ballpark. Nice to know that I now have a local option the next time we go visit the in-laws!

Brady White

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