Dog Island Saints and Sinners IPA

Reviewed by on February 21, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dog Island Brewing

  • Origin: Slave Lake, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 21, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Slave Lake’s Dog Island Brewing has recently taken to canning their products, and I’m hoping that the name here is a freakin’ Whitesnake reference!

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splattered rock formation lace around the glass as it eventually sinks out of sight.

It smells of zingy domestic citrus rind, further muddled tropical fruity notes, bready and biscuity caramel malt, a hint of earthy yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser crackery toffee thing, some orange, lemon, and red grapefruit citrus fleshiness, still hard to parse exotic fruit, and more earthy, musky, and wet pinecone verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly restrained in its quotidian frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing really aiding or suppressing matters here, as such.  It finishes off-dry, the malt holding its ground, while the basic citrusy and forest floor detritus (man, it’s been a while) hops have a lingering tete-a-tete.

Overall – this is certainly one stellar local-ish version of the style, very West Coast Yankee in its hoppy reverence, yet with a few nods to some newer south seas varietals, and very stingy in showing off its nearly 7 points of booze.  A pleasure to drink, and totally, totally worth the non-hipster bar price that I paid for it.

Brady White



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