I was warned by Jeff that this was not a VIB hopbomb. He said they were going for a 55IBUish English style IPA; something with a little more malt. It is hard to complete in the Victoria IPA hop-slap arena. Everybody makes one: some are good and some are bad. This one puts a new twist on it. It very refreshing to see a new twist on an overdone beer category.
Double Decker IPA (Vancouver Island) = 7/10
The nose really does not give much away: very subdued. There was maybe a little hint of bready/caramel malts and floral/citrus hops. The sip is hop assertive up front; more of the floral and herbal variety. After the bite is gone, a wash of sticky bun malts coats every dental filling. It all ends with an off dry and effervescent residue. Imagine a hop infused bubblegum, that is the last taste sensation. Not a lot of linger, but you crave the next sip. This is not a palate shocking IPA, but it will appeal to everyone. Well done Chris.
Alcohol Content +1 6.5%
Brockton IPA (Granville Island)