Snake Lake Sidewinder IPA

Reviewed by on May 23, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Snake Lake Brewing Company

  • Origin: Sylvan Lake, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 23, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sidewinder IPA is so named after one of the waterslides that are the only reason most of the rest of Alberta knows anything about the town of Sylvan Lake.

This 355ml can pours a murky, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some decent spattered lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, orange and white grapefruit peel, wet stone paths after a hard rain, and some leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, mixed domestic citrus rind, a further ethereal tropical fruitiness, faint flinty notes, and more earthy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt watching the hoppy esters gasp their lingering last.

Overall – this come across as a pleasant enough version of the style, not particularly bitter, which seems to be way of the IPA world right now.  Easy to drink, and with no sign of the extra point and a half of the ol’ wowee sauce, I sure could go for another one of these at the moment.

Brady White



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