Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Neon Wasteland is a Belgian-style pale ale brewed and bottled in Toronto, Ontario. It's produced by the woefully overlooked Rainhard Brewing Co., which crams it into 500mL, sci-fi inspired bottles. I picked up my bottle right at the source during a visit to the brewery.
At 5.1%, Neon Wasteland isn't terribly potent, though its 45 IBUs pick up some of the alcoholic slack. It's a slightly hazy elemental gold brew that pours with a nice cap of white head. As expected of a Belgian-style pale ale, there is a considerably yeasty bent to the nose, as well as a metallic trend and an underpowered whiff of hops. The flavour is assertively yeasty, and this is backed with a cracklingly dry hops finish.
Rainhard Brewing has really impressed me with their beery acumen. Neon Wasteland isn't quite as noteworthy as their excellent Armed 'n Citra, but it's pretty close.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10.