Dieu Du Ciel & The Alchemist Moralité IPA: Is an American IPA style beer collaboration with two great brewers, one known for Heady Topper which is one the most highly regarded IPA’s in North America and the other known for a great line up beers. I drank this within about 1 month of the bottling date, which is pretty good considering it was bottled back east and arrive in stores fairly quickly.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a cloudy amber gold colour with one finger of foam and a few bubbles. The aroma is fruity, with melon and peaches with a hint of bread dough.
Flavour: This beer features an intense citrus zesty hop forward flavour up front with hints of melon and cantaloupe in the middle. Its finish is quite bitter, highlighting notes of grapefruit rind, piney wood resin and bits of lemon on the aftertaste.
Overall Impression: I may have built it up too much, but honestly I found myself missing the malt presence that I crave in IPA’s and honestly this was all hops and esters, with the exception of a bit of malt in the aroma it tasted like a radler more than a beer.
Rating: I settled on 7/10, very good as it was enjoyable so I had two in a row and certainly would never turn one down, but I need both malts and hops to rate an IPA higher.
Food Pairing: BBQ chicken with zesty salsa would accompany this quite nicely.
Here’s a link to the label artist Yannick Brosseau’s Facebook page, which is in french but can be translated and gives some interesting information about the very cool labels. Be sure to check it out!