Monday, 13 March 2017

Aromatherapy American IPA

The 473mL can of Aromatherapy American IPA is extremely eye-catching. It features a gorgeous image of a hop. One look and I had to have it, despite the fact that the can, at $4.50, seems grievously overpriced.

Aromatherapy comes from Ottawa, Ontario's Beyond the Pale Brewing. It's a not particularly strong or bitter for an American-style IPA, at just 6.5% and 55 IBUs. The beer is hazy and golden orange, draped under a fluffy white tarpaulin of head. As you'd expect from a brew named Aromatherapy, this stuff smells glorious! It has a slightly tart and significantly bitter citrus nose. The scent is replicated closely in the flavour, with juicy grapefruit and tangerine notes. The finish is dry and, despite the modest 55 IBU listing, quite bitter.

While I'd have liked this beer to be a bit stronger and about $1.50 cheaper, I found it to be a seriously agreeable ale. It's playful and flavourful.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.

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