Outcast The Forgetful Brewer

Reviewed by on March 13, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Outcast Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: March 13, 2018

  • Best Before: canned February 27, 2018

  • ABV: 8.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The Forgetful Brewer is so named because this was supposed to be a batch of their breakfast stout, but with Patrick the brewer having a new addition to his family, Daddy Brain sets in, and the right amount of malt was not ordered.  So working with what he had lying around (and could quickly procure, so, hops), he’s created another DIPA – fine by me, and I always appreciate self-deprecating label humour.

This 473ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid spooky spiderweb lace around the glass as it lazily evaporates.

It smells of big, juicy blood orange and red grapefruit rind, a further mixed tropical fruitiness, some mildly dank pine resin, a respectable bready and doughy caramel malt, some subtle damp minerality, and more leafy, weedy, and gently lit-up floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, blended Florida citrus goodness, some guava, melon, and pineapple exotic fruity notes, sticky pine needles, clean wet rocks, and more sassy leafy, earthy, and musky floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite timid in its lagging frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, as the hop overload is apparently of the benevolent sort here.  It finishes well off-dry, the grand fruity essences and surprisingly capable malt locked in a lingering embrace.

Overall – well, happy accidents are so-called, because they are exactly that.  No breakfast stout for a while?  That sucks.  Oh, but look over here, we made another stellar hoppy offering, and had a bit of fun with it all.  Speaking of fun, the 8.2 points of ABV are expertly hidden, making for a highly drinkable (with an asterisk, of course), hop-fueled experience.  Great stuff!

Brady White

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