Troubled Monk Total Ecalypso IPA

Reviewed by on April 21, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Troubled Monk Brewery

  • Origin: Red Deer, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 21, 2018

  • Best Before: canned March 1, 2018

  • ABV: 7.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Total Ecalypso is some sort of punny name for a beer brewed with Calypso & Pallisade hops, and is Troubled Monk’s recent(ish) seasonal IPA.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it rather slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, mixed domestic citrus rind, further indistinct tropical fruity notes, a hint of pink bubblegum, and some leafy, weedy, and resinous piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some red berry-esque fruitiness, still muddled generic citrus peel, an ethereal earthy yeast character, and more herbal, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a minor hop acridity making a bit of fuss at this particular juncture.  It finishes trending dry, the hop bitterness on the ascension.

Overall – this comes across as an adequately rendered version of the style, with these two less common hop varietals seemingly at odds with the base beer at times.  I’m not getting the robust fruity essences that one might have been expecting.  Ah well, glad to have tried it.

Brady White



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