IPA Review – Hearthstone IPA

It’s funny, this beer has been out locally for over a year now and I’ve always had a tough time finding it fresh enough to buy (I won’t buy a canned IPA older than 4 months, I won’t buy undated ones). Every time I found it, it was always a year old, eight months old, had the date rubbed off, or just simply couldn’t be found. Plus, I rarely if ever go near the brewery, so that option was sort of out. Finally though, finally I was able to snag a can that was about 5 weeks fresh and enjoy this beer.

Aroma and Appearance: It pours a hazy and chunky pale golden colour with some very, very small bubbles of carbonation that help create close to three fingers of lacing off white foam. The aroma has a nice biscuit malt base with lemon leaves, hints of passion fruit and quaffs of mango fruit.

Flavour: Similar to the aroma, it has a nice biscuit malt base that helps highlight some lemon zest upfront, leading into oranges, tropical papaya and a peach skin textured, soft mouth feel middle. As it finishes, you’ll get some floral bitterness muddle with a grapefruit rind dominant, almost dry aftertaste.

Overall Impression: Chunky IPA’s always look a little off, but they rarely effect the flavour and this was a nice beer. I wish we’d see it on tap in more places, it’s quite a refreshing IPA.

Rating: I gave it a very good rating of 7.5/10, well delivered and one I’d be happy to revisit.

Food Pairing: Nachos with jalapenos, OKA cheese, a full rack of tangy ribs.

Here it is being canned in all its glory by or local mobile canning company West Coast Canning:

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