Lately, I've been on the hunt for some great India Pale Ales, and even the notion of sampling a variety of IPAs could keep me going forever. There are just so many of them.
I thought I would focus on some IPAs that are crafted by some small or obscure microbreweries and then see where my search would take me. And, by me, I mean us.
Ryan Bellerive, owner of Bières du Monde in Aylmer, heard of my quest for a great IPA (when I told him), he quickly directed me to a display in his store and told me that this particular IPA was his favourite. So what better way to start my quest?
IPA Américaine (7% ABV)
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
Beer O'Clock rating: 4
Appearance: a murky, golden amber with a dense, whitish head that lingers.
Nose: grapefruit and orange, with a tinge of candied fruit.
Palate: bold grapefruit and massive hops that culminate in an intense finish.
Overall impression: this is a big-league IPA from a small brewery just south of Percé. At 77 IBUs, there is lots of bitterness, but the fruit and alcohol blend nicely. That said, I would have liked to have tasted a little more grapefruit and a little less bitterness.
The was a very nice IPA to start my journey. Thanks for the recommendation, Ryan!