- My Rating: [B], I gave it a (3.8 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
India Golden Ale (Double India Pale Ale) – Breakside Brewery, 8.1% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)
“Formerly a collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing. IGA highlights the route that lots of new hop bombs are headed: light in body, lighter in color, and HUGE in citrus flavor and aroma. India Golden Ale or “I.G.A.” is a showcase for two relatively new hops, Mosaic and Eldorado. Mosaic gives the beer a bright mix of stonefruit and tropical flavors along with a big piney backbone. Eldorados are fruity and soften the finish. Breakside keeps the malt bill incredibly simple to allow the hops to take center stage in this elegant and beguiling beer. 8.1% ABV 60 IBU malts: 2 Row, British Munich hops: Mosaic, Eldorado, Chinook”
- Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
- Taste: Tropical fruity to grainy barley malt stealth alcohol subtle bitter
- Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
- How much: $9.42 CAD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2017
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure
Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a small 1mm head, half lacing, loose clusters of active streams.
Nose: passionfruit-tangerine brightness with a touch of grassy hop, very clean and inviting. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: thicker-crisp, slightly creamy, citrus malt impression
Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), alcohol hit-low detection, passionfruit, mild pineapple, big tangerine citrusy, fruity-toffee barley malt
Finish: mild grapefruit bitter, tangerine exhale, off-dry bready grain, subtle bitter
Summary: Super stealth 8.1% ABV happening here, meaning that the complexity and balance matches its moderately high alcohol content. I wished for the tropical fruitness in the mids to last longer but instead the sweet barley kicks in a bit early.