Many IPAs nowadays are all about fruitiness, whether it be citrus, tropical fruit, stonefruit or even adjuncts like passionfruit or dragonfruit or never-heard-of-it-fruit. As delicious as these IPAs can be, it’s always refreshing when a brewery explores flavour profiles that aren’t following this trend. Route 71 uses a combination of tried-and-true hop varieties – Columbus, Chinook, Citra, and Cascade – to bring a different, complex hop character to this beer.
It’s darker in appearance than most contemporary IPAs, looking like golden syrup in a glass. On the nose is the sweet pineapple aroma we’ve become so familiar with in IPAs recently, but the flavour brings pineyness with floral and herbaceous undertones, all held in check with some light Crystal malt sweetness. It’s super smooth, and drinks like a strong, hoppy pale ale. At just 5.8 percent ABV, a schooner of this won’t keep you off Route 71 for too long.
- 55 IBU