It’s always exciting to try new (or new to me) beer styles, as it doesn’t happen very often! I’m hearing lots about Brut IPAs, as they’re just starting to become a “thing” in Canada, and as it is with friends, days off and beer styles, the more the merrier. It should be noted that this is my first time trying this style, so I have no means of comparison.
The story behind this one is great: it’s a collab between @florahallbeer
, and named after a gentleman from New Brunswick who went all the way to the supreme court of Canada to challenge a silly archaic law restricting the amount of beer one can purchase with the intention of inter-provincial travel. He lost, but not without making a point. Bravo, sir. The beer is now available at both breweries in Ottawa and Gatineau, because screw stupid rules.
Gerard Comeau pours a clean and bright, mostly transparent golden blonde. Joining it in the glass is a large, reasonably dense white head that sticks around for a while, while the body shows very active carbonation. The aroma is surprisingly, very light, emitting notes of tart apple and perhaps gooseberry.
I have to admit, the flavours here were a bit hard to discern. I’m getting some grassy & floral hops to start, with some light cereal notes. There seems to be a type of botanical presence as well, I’m just not sure what (maybe juniper?). And here’s where things take an odd turn for me. I noticed a fairly strong alcohol presence near the end (7.2% ABV), and from what I’ve been reading, is typical of the brut style (again, no tasting point of reference). A decent bitterness help counter that, but it’s enough to make me not feel thrilled about the whole thing. I wouldn’t say the finish is “bone” dry, but it’s crisp and reminds me a bit of a dry prosecco, while being extremely light-bodied.
This was a really unique experience for sure. I’m kind of curious what aspect contributes to the IPA - hops and ale yeast? Call me intrigued for now, but if this is what the Brut IPA style is all about, I’m not sure I’m totally sold...yet. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it - but no elements blew my mind, either.
I think more “research” is required. 🍻