ClubGonzo's Leftover IPA

Leftover IPA by ClubGonzo, India Pale Ale, 7.4% ABV, 82 IBU.

The last couple of beers from ClubGonzo/JoKr Brewers that I’ve rated have been very clear and I’ve been able to almost empty the bottle without disturbing the sediments. This one however pours a hazy body even if I left some 2 cm of beer in the bottle. Not that this matters much of course, a slight haze just increases the craft beer feeling of the beer! The colour is medium amber, and the creamy, off-white head is very long-lived and laces the glass excellently.

ClubGonzo's Leftover IPA, batch 014.

The aroma is quite strong, but in my opinion an IPA should have an intense hoppy scent, and the Leftover IPA doesn’t quite deliver that. The aroma is very citric with some nice notes of tropical fruits, and in the back there are some vague but still slightly annoying metallic yeasty notes.

The taste is light sweet with a quite heavy bitter and reasonably long-lasting finish. The flavours are of moderate strength, again I miss some intensity. The flavour profile is of course hoppy with grapefruit, tropical fruits and resinous notes and a touch of caramel. And of course, I guess I’m obliged to nag about this when rating a beer from Bergen, some stinging notes of alcohol. To be fair the alcohol notes are just a tad too obvious, and mainly in the first few sips, so in the long run they’re not disturbing at all.

The mouthfeel is initially quite nice with a medium body and quite oily texture, but the soft carbonation soon fades away, leaving most of the glass seriously under carbonated.

Conclusion: a simple and quite nice IPA with a bit too faint aroma and flavour.

Aroma:      6
Appearance: 4
Taste:      6
Palate:     3
Overall:   12
Ratebeer score: 3.1


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One comment on “ClubGonzo's Leftover IPA

  1. Pretty spot on with my own sentiments here. Including the alco-bite, which I think becomes particularly protruding with all the bittering hops (yes, I OD’ed a little as I was making a point of emptying all the near-finished hop bags into the boil…) 🙂 Nevertheless, a pretty decent “everyday IPA” – not something I’d bring to the table as a highlight, but still OK.

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