Ribstone Creek Double IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on November 9, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Ribstone Creek Brewery
- Origin: Edgerton, AB, CA
- Rated On: November 9, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 8.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American Double IPA
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some pitted limestone cliff pattern lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.
It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some hard water flintiness, muddled domestic citrus rind, and plain leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus peel, a damp minerality, and more leafy, weedy, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a touch of hop astringency perhaps not making nice with the local folks at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the mixed hops showing some lingering fervour.
Overall – I’m sure there are slight differences between this and the aforementioned previous DIPA, but I’m not exactly going to parse them. This one is still pretty damned good, especially given the expertly integrated 17-proof booze quotient. Worth checking out before it’s all gone, IMHO.