This wraps up my series of reviews on Newfoundland beers, brought to me by James in June 2015. He brought over a couple bottles of the British IPA, one of which my Dad and I drank when it was fresh, and one of which I foolishly “cellared” until November 2016. They tasted about the same though. If anything, the aged version tasted slightly better.
To my utter amazement, this beer’s label claims to have won a gold medal at the Chicago World Beer Championships in 2012. Was it a home-brew competition?
Appearance: cloudy orange, a little bit of head, 5.7%
Nose: like a mellow home-brew, malt, citrus
Palate: not much, some mellon, syrupy malt
Finish: digestive biscuits and lasting grapefruit
Overall: this is barely like any IPAs as we know them, West coast or British. It’s like they mass produced an IPA extract kit that had less hops than expected. Seems to survive, even improve, with aging though.
Rating: 2/5 Okay
Here are the ratings for all the Newfoundland beers that I reviewed.
Conclusion: I know there are rumours of better local beers in Newfoundland, but maybe don’t plan your next beer exploration trip to the easternmost province just yet!