Description: Part of Four Winds Standards lineup, this IPA is brewed in the tradition of Pacific Northwest American IPAs, combing a strong pale malt base with a generous dose of West Coast hops. This beer was also the silver medalist for the 2014 B.C. Beer Awards in the category of North American IPA.
Tasting Notes: I think we have another contender for Best IPAs. Not surprising, considering that Four Winds has consistently impressed me with their wares. And this one was certainly in keeping with that, being crisp, malty, citrusy, grassy, herbal and piney, and all the while remaining very drinkable and refreshing. It basically does everything an IPA should without being overstated or overwhelming.
Appearance: Amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Good malt, strong notes of citrus, grass and herbal hops
Taste: Crisp malt, dry herbal notes, citrus, grass and piney hops
Aftertaste: Lingering citrus and herbal bitterness, quite refreshing