Monday, 4 November 2013
Simple Malts Trio Houblon--IPA Classique
Of the three beers in the Trio Houblon, the IPA Classique is definitely the pick of the litter. This beer is a very attractive ruby colour, somewhat surprising for an India Pale Ale. It's quite clear and topped with a cream-coloured head. IPA Classique contains 6.4% alcohol and 62 IBUs.
Classique has a toasty malt aroma with some brown sugar action and a bit of hops. The "classique" movement from malty to bitter is on display. Ample brown sugar notes give way to a very full hop profile. The finish is quite dry and bitter, but it still maintains some of the toasty malt character.
This is a really well balanced ale. I definitely recommend that you give it a try, dear reader. You won't be disappointed. It wasn't quite what I expected from an I.P.A., but it's got some undeniable style.
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.