Hell’s Basement The Yard

Reviewed by on August 23, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Hell's Basement

  • Origin: Medicine Hat, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 23, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Milkshake IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It’s another day, so there must be another new IPA variant.  And since they only imply it on the label, I’ll be the one to ask: ‘does this milkshake IPA bring all the boys to the yard’?

This 355ml can pours a murky, dark dishwater brown colour, with three flabby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and bubbly purple-tinged white head, which leaves some decent layered frilly lace around the glass as it slowly but surely blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some slightly sour black fruitiness (mixed into vanilla ice cream), and a small dose of leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is blackberry compote, bready and grainy caramel malt, room temperature cream, a subtle earthy yeast character, and more understated leafy, piney, and floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its swirling and supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and quite smooth, with a nice aerosol creaminess pretty much there from the get-go.  It finishes well off-dry, the fruit and the malt in a sugary tug of war, one that thankfully does not necessitate me locating my overworked tongue-scraper.

Overall, while the ‘typical’ IPA essences get short shrift here, this is still a rather engaging and enjoyable fruited-up offering.  Very flavourful, and full feeling, without overdoing the blackberry component.  Worth checking out, especially as those last few real summer days dwindle around here.

Brady White

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