Ribstone Creek Prairie Pirate
Reviewed by Brady White on October 21, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Ribstone Creek Brewery
- Origin: Edgerton, AB, CA
- Rated On: October 21, 2017
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 8.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American Double IPA
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 650ml bottle pours a rather murky, medium apricot amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky beige head, which leaves some stellar layered cirrus cloud form lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, some pleasant domestic citrus rind, a decent hard water flintiness, and some further leafy, weedy, and estery floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a bit of biscuity caramel sweetness, wet saltine crackers, citrus-based vodka, a bit of indistinct tropical fruitiness, and more heady leafy, piney, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness. The carbonation is quite active in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, but for a wee twinge of alcohol ingress. It finishes off-dry, but more or less balanced between malt, uppity hops, and a somewhat edgy boozy warming.
Overall – this is a pretty enjoyable big brother to the aforementioned ‘basic’ IPA, with all the chutzpah that is usually part of the typical upgrade package. Well rounded, and as cheekily noted, stupidly easy to put back, especially considering the 8.8 points of integrated ABV insanity. Great, great stuff.