Sound Sub-Zero Imperial IPA

Reviewed by on August 10, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Sound Brewery

  • Origin: Poulsbo, WA, US

  • Rated On: August 10, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Imperial IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sub-Zero IIPA is part of a trio of Mortal Kombat-themed brews recently released by this brewery.  According to the young-ins (still in their 30s, however) that I work with, this is the best character, as I’ve never seen or played this franchise myself.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, rather resinous pine forest floor esters, citrus vodka, a touch of earthy yeast, and more leafy, weedy, and herbal green bitterness.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, still extant toffee candy notes, some Yuk-a-flux boozy and candied orange and red grapefruit citrus, still hard to fathom yeasty notes, and more leafy, weedy, and certainly piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its various fizzy and frothy emanations, the body a solid, heavy-leaning middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad.  It finishes off-dry, the sweet malt, complex citrus and green hops, and certainly the as yet arms’ length wowee sauce falling into place as such.

Overall, this a near-perfect example of that heady IIPA that pulled me into its warm embrace all those years ago – unabashedly hoppy and sweet, in equal palate-blowing measures.  Sound does a good job of emulating that, and I may even try and Netflix the movie instance of this, upon the advice of said colleagues.

Brady White

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