Good Ol’ IPA by ClubGonzo, India Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV, 72.3 IBU.
Let’s see how ClubGonzo defines a classic american IPA! In the glass it looks cloudy and it has a medium amber to brown colour. The light tan head is large, and it leaves a good amount of foam on the glass.
The aroma is strong, sweet and overripe with little freshness. I get lots of sweet caramel, lightly roasted notes and overripe tropical fruits. The fruits are extraordinarily overripe for an IPA, this is close to barley wine style sweet overripeness, or at least a DIPA! But I like it. I should mention that I had this right after the amazingly crisp, light and überfresh Hazy Summer, so my impression might be a bit influenced by this.
Strong flavour of caramel malt and actually hints of coffee in the back. It’s very fruity as well, but this could almost pass as a coffee IPA. Ok, I’m of course exaggerating, but there is quite much roasted stuff in there. Also lots and lots of overripe tropical fruits. It’s a bit alcoholic, maybe a tad too much alcohol, but it’s clean. The taste is light to medium sweet and the finish is heavy bitter. It’s mid-bodied, it has moderate carbonation and a fairly dry texture.
Conclusion: A tasty, overripe fruity IPA with a solid malty backbone. A very good example of the classic American IPAs you get in Norway, in the sense that a considerable part of the fresh hoppiness has disappeared during the shipping from the US.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 14/20 Ratebeer score: 3.6/5.0