Red Collar Alternative Facts Clouded IPA

Reviewed by on August 26, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Red Collar Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Kamloops, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 26, 2017

  • Best Before: packaged June 8, 2017

  • ABV: 5.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Kamloop’s Red Collar have released a timely and over-the-top cheekily named brew, with a nice label blurb poking fun at the mannerisms of the Big Cheese Doodle in Chief.  It’s billed as a ‘clouded IPA’, which is a synonym for NEIPA.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky cloud form lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of grainy and bready pale malt, some lemon, orange, and white grapefruit citrus rind, a faint earthy yeastiness, subtle chalky notes, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some hard water flintiness, indistinct citrus peel esters, an ephemeral tropical fruitiness, faint yeast, and more understated leafy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, the oats contending with a hovering hop bitterness at this juncture.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed fruity essences really exhibiting some stellar lingering legs.

Overall, this is a perfectly good IPA, nothing more, nothing less – and hopefully just under the radar enough to escape Sir Trump’s cadre of lawyers.  Tasty, and not particularly bitter (the beer, I don’t know about the lawyers), and thus it is nice to see that the gimmick is solely in the packaging, and not the contents – at least here.

Brady White

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