BentSpoke Keep It Simple JAIPA

Style
IPA
ABV
6.8%
Bitterness
45 IBU

One assumes there was a tongue or two planted firmly in cheek when BentSpoke were going through the naming process. "Keep It Simple." "Just Another IPA". Right oh.

Perhaps there's even a bit of a play on words going on here: JAIPA sounds a bit like Jaipur, not just a city in India but also the name of UK brewery Thornbridge's iconic IPA. Certainly, when I poured a can fresh from the fridge into a glass, held the very slightly hazy pale golden liquid to the light, then took a sniff, it felt like it shared some of that beer's lean, grapefruity character. All a façade, however...

This is a beer, given time, you might argue is more than the sum of its parts – at least until you check out what its parts are. They include the American hop varieties Idaho 7, Talus, HBC 586 and HBC 630; if you don't know anything about them, in short, they're the sort to bring plenty to the party, examples of just how evolved the hop-breeding program has become in the US.

As such, Keep It Simple might land more delicately than its ABV suggests, yet it packs plenty: grapefruit and ripe melon, a touch of blackcurrant, some rounding vanilla / crème caramel depth, a light, sherbety malt base for all that to perch upon, plus a flavoursome, woody bitterness that slowly coats your palate. It makes for a cracking IPA that’s anything but simple once given permission to unfurl at leisure.

James Smith

Published September 30, 2022

Name
BentSpoke Brewing Co
Address

38 Mort Street
Braddon
ACT 2612

Phone
(02) 6257 5220
Open Hours

Open 11am to midnight every day

HCH 2024 B
AIBA 2024 entries B2

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