Hell’s Basement The Temptress (de Verieidster)

Reviewed by on November 10, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Hell's Basement

  • Origin: Medicine Hat, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 10, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Red Rye IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Temptress is a collaboration between Hell’s Basement and the small Dutch craft brewery Puik Bieren, after the latter visited the former, and they forged a bond that led to this: a red rye IPA, with some, er, eye-catching label art.

This 355ml can pours a clear, rather dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some sudsy continental drift lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser rye graininess, muddled pome and citrus fruity notes, a hint of buttery crackers (think Bretons), some earthy yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and somewhat perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and biscuity caramel malt, a still kind of mixed and matched fruitiness, ethereal yeast, some mild earthy nuttiness, and more edgy leafy, herbal, and soused-up floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess seeping in once things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the muted fruity character carrying the lingering day.

Overall – this is a decent version of the style, with the rye astringency and big hop quotient co-existing well enough.  For an 8-pointer, it’s easy enough to put back, and, yes, a veritable temptress, as I really have no other way of putting it (the power of suggestion at work, ladies and germs).

Brady White



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