Four Winds IPA: Brewed locally in Delta, BC at a strength of 7% abv and 70 IBUs, this is one of my favourite local IPA’s because it has a good balance of malts and hoppy bitterness, while still managing to highlight both quite nicely.
Aroma and Appearance: Pours a hazy pale amber with a thick lacy three finger head and some small bubbles. Its aroma is grapefruit, mango and pineapple with some pine resin and bready malt.
Flavour: Straight up bread with touches of caramel upfront, this IPA is a bit unassuming at first. In the middle however, lots of mango, tangerine and some pineapple quickly take over leading to a tropical fruit storm of flavour while it finishes with a respectable pine resinous bitter kick in the pants.
Overall Impression: I like how the hops and malts work together in this one! It’s also quite nice on draft and makes a perfect growler grab from time to time.
Rating: I would rate about 8/10 for a craft beer as in excellent, this is easily my go to IPA now. Easily a top 3 or 4 local IPA, no question.
Food Pairing: IPA’s pair nicely with spicy food, go with curry on this one.