Fresh Hopped Red IPA – Bridge Brewing (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Fresh Hopped Red IPA – Bridge Brewing, 7.0% ABV – 80 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

printed on the front-right label:

“This Fresh Hopped Red IPA was crafted with over 500lbs of locally-grown hops, all used within a few hours of being picked. Nugget hops were used for a spicy + intense bittering. A huge amount of cascade + centennial hops were used for a blast of floral, citrus, and grapefruit aromas. The result is a hugely aromatic and one of a kind Red IPA.”

Ingredients: North Shore Water, Centennial & Cascade Hops, Nugget Hops, Canadian Pale Malt, Caramel Vienna Malt, Crystal 40 Malt, BlackPrinz, Dextrine & Victory Malt, Yeast.

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  • Style: (wet hop) IPA
  • Taste: Creamy toasted brown sugar malt soft grapefruit bitter
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.30 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty good

Visual: Pours cherry wood red with a small creamy head, very sticky lacing, thin 1mm layer of retention, scattered streams.

Nose: brown sugar malts, grapefruit hop backend. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-sweet-creamy mouthfeel, hint of hoppy bitterness

Mid-palate: creaminess continued, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts

Finish: sweet carry, subtle soft grapefruit bitter hops, light toasted caramel malt off-dry clean finish.

Summary: All around smooth with very good transitions. I’m surprised at the excellent drinkability in that there’s a great balance of sweet, creamy, bitter and alcohol.