Troubled Monk Double Sow Pow

Reviewed by on February 28, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Troubled Monk Brewery

  • Origin: Red Deer, AB, CA

  • Rated On: February 28, 2018

  • Best Before: canned February 9, 2018

  • ABV: 9.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Glad to see one of my favourite Alberta craft brewers releasing an example of my favourite style! This is based on the Pesky Pig pale ale, so it looks like they’ve skipped a link in the pale ale chain of command, but that’s a-ok, given the breeding stock here, as such.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy lace around the glass as it rather slowly dissipates.

It smells of orange and red grapefruit flesh, a further muddled tropical fruitiness, bready and doughy caramel malt, and some leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is big orange, grapefruit, and lemon rind, grainy and crackery pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, still indistinct exotic fruity notes, and more herbal, piney, and gently lit-up floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of fruit acridity maybe exacting a minor tithe here.  It finishes off-dry, as the put-upon malt deals with some heady lingering fruity esters.

Overall – Troubled Monk did a bang-up job with their Wicked Smaht NEIPA a little while back, and now they’ve switched focus to the other American IPA nexus with this offering.  Yup, citrusy and green, with a more or less well-integrated 9 points of the ol’ boozy-booze, this is West Coast stylin’ all the way.

Brady White



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