Persephone India Summer Ale

Reviewed by on May 9, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Persephone Brewing

  • Origin: Gibsons, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 9, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: India Session Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Sunshine Coast’s Persephone Brewing has gone and dubbed their lower-alcohol (aka ‘session’) IPA as an ‘ISA’ – however, they’ve tweaked it a little, rendering an ‘Indian Summer Ale’.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly puffy, somewhat foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some mountain-top snowline lace around the glass as things quickly abate.

It smells of sort of dank pine resin, muddled domestic citrus rind, bready and doughy pale malt, and further leafy, weedy, and kind of soapy floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some biscuity white cereal, edgy white grapefruit and underripe navel orange citrus, ethereal tropical fruit notes, and more testy leafy, herbal, and resinous green hoppiness. The bubbles are fairly active in their sometimes fizzy, but more often frothy manifestations, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just some citrus and pine astringencies getting a little too big for their britches right about here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the malt continues to turtle, leaving the scene to those hipster hop, um, ‘scenesters’.

Overall, this is quite a decent version of the India Session Ale, reworked here to have a supposed summer twist. Lots of varied hop bitterness abounding all around, enough to keep the purported Gambrinus pilsener malt verily on its toes, and one’s tastebuds equally on guard. Good stuff.

Brady White

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