Tool Shed Double Tap
Reviewed by Brady White on May 24, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Tool Shed Brewing
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: May 24, 2018
- Best Before: canned April 26, 2018
- ABV: 9.1%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American Double IPA
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent Swiss Cheese pattern lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.
It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some stoney flintiness, muddled domestic citrus rind, and some leafy, weedy, and resinous piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy cereal malt, orange and white grapefruit rind, a damp minerality, ethereal spicy yeast notes, and more mildly edgy floral, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, as the big hop onslaught seems geared not to offend anyone’s palate here. It finishes trending dry, the robust Alberta malt easily holding its own against any lingering hop bitterness.
Overall – this is a well-made version of the style, with a deeply integrated north of 9 points of the ol’ wowee sauce. The bitter aspects I might have been expecting really don’t materialize all that much, leaving, as mentioned, the malt to run the show. Still, good, good stuff!