Siding 14 Engine 17: Nugget IPA

Reviewed by on January 17, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Siding 14 Brewing Company

  • Origin: Ponoka, AB, CA

  • Rated On: January 17, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The latest release in their Engine 17 Series, and, yay, they put the volume measure on this one’s label!  Oh, and it appears that this is single-hopped with the Nugget varietal.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright pale copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves some decent thickly splotched lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and crackery caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee sweetness, some muddled domestic citrus rind, further melon fruity notes, and some earthy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, toffee candies, still hard to differentiate citrus peel, some additional tropical fruitiness, and more leafy, herbal, and floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with maybe a hint of hop astringency messing with the perfect date here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt persisting amongst the ashes of the fruity and herbal hop day.

Overall – well, I gotta say that this particular hop can really hold its own, especially on top of such a sturdy base brew.  Lots of flavour abounding, which, as is the norm when I only procure a single, makes me pine for another.  Woe for me, but for the rest of you lot, just go out and try it!

Brady White

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