In a world where brewers are getting bolder and bolder with the addition of interesting ingredients to beer, there’s always a question when you pick up a novel-sounding beer: will this be overwhelming?
Yet there's no need to be distressed by the style "Maple Brown IPA"; this beer isn’t an assault on the tastebuds with brown malts, cloyingly sweet syrup and punchy hops all fighting for your attention. This is a roasty, chocolate-y brown ale that goes down rather easily, but keeps sharing its subtleties as you drink. There’s hoppiness, but it’s a touch of earthiness and bitterness, rather than a dank hop bomb. The six litres of maple syrup provide a smooth sweetness in the finish, but it’s not overpowering, or even the foremost flavour.
Imagine drinking this by a fire in the Canadian Rockies and you’ve got the right idea.
- Maple Brown IPA
- 55 IBU