Outcast Neon Nightmare

Reviewed by on June 23, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Outcast Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 23, 2018

  • Best Before: canned June 6, 2018

  • ABV: 7.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Now we have a ‘double dry hopped New England Double IPA’ from this Calgarian brewing concern (does that work?). Doubling down, I see!

This 473ml can pours a murky, rather turbid ripe banana yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar webbed and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily but eventually blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, some pungent blood orange, red grapefruit, and aged lemon citrus rind, a prominent hard water chalkiness, and more leafy, weedy, and resinous piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a sort of acrid domestic citrus character, some damp minerality, and more piney, weedy, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-prodding frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess trying vainly to get off of the ground in the face of the swirling hops here.  It finishes off-dry, the big frooty essences showing no signs of slowing down.

Overall – yup, what we have here, ladies and germs, is a very, very fine example of this sub (sub?)-style of IPA, all nice and citrusy and piney, with a well-integrated 7.8 points of the ol’ wowee sauce backing it all up.  It looks like orange juice with extra pulp, but all the cool kids are digging it, and it doesn’t bother this old coot in the least.  Great stuff!

Brady White

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