Outcast Wannabe IPA

Reviewed by on February 1, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Outcast Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 1, 2018

  • Best Before: canned January 5, 2018

  • ABV: 5.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Wannabe IPA is just what it says it is: an insecure PA that has been dry hopped twice, with the Galaxy and Mosaic varietals.  Awesome homemade label, with a creepy derp face depiction front and center.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some splattered and webbed lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of resinous pine needles, gritty and grainy caramel malt, a bit of indistinct tropical fruitiness (guava and lychee, maybe), plain Pez candies, and further leafy, musty, and herbal green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, some orange and overripe grapefruit citrus rind, a damp minerality, muddled exotic fruity notes, and more herbal, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly capable in its palate-soothing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really attempting to cause any sort of trouble here. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt still contending with a lingering mixed hop bitterness.

Overall – yeah, this one may aspire to be an IPA, but it lands squarely in the realm of hoppy pale ale.  Lots of robust flavours abounding, and well-balanced in its quaffability, I could see killing a 4-pack of these as a pleasant evening’s (or afternoon’s, your mileage may vary) activity.

Brady White

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