Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Life Sentence is the progeny of a collaboration between two of the kingpins of Toronto, Ontario's craft brewing scene, Amsterdam Brewing Co. and Great Lakes Brewery. It's a big, bad triple IPA that packs a punch at a liver-wrinkling 10.5% alcohol. I had a 13oz. draught at one of my favourite beer joints, Bar Hop.
This swampy orange ale arrived a thin covering of off-white head. It had a tart, vaguely sweet aroma where satsuma and grapefruit mingle. This beer was wildly flavourful, but tasted hazardously less potent than its 10.5%. There was some alcohol heat, but this was hidden behind jumbo hops and citrus stank. There were a lot of sweet elements that played pretty nicely with the hops, though by the end of my glass, things were getting a touch cloying.
Life Sentence is a fine collaboration from GLB-sterdam, a brewing partnership that I definitely encourage.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10.