Description: This India Pale Ale commemorates two styles of beverages that made the crossing between England and India. Whereas IPAs were brewed for export to British troops and dignitaries in south Asia, Punch was a drink introduced to the British Isles from India. This beer is made using generous dose of pale malt, and then bittered with significant quantities of Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops. It was also the Gold medal winner at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards.
Tasting Notes: This IPA was quite inspired. In addition to paying home to a style of beer that was brewed for transport to India, it also acknowledges a cultural exchange that went in the other direction. As IPAs go, it is quite light and refreshing. The hop flavor, while pronounced, is quite fruity and really not too bitterness. And the malt profile was rather subdued. Perhaps a bit for my taste, but a very pleasant beer nonetheless.
Appearance: Amber/orange, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Mild malt nose, notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, hint of pine
Taste: Smooth, crisp malt, mineral tang, notes of pineapple, hint of passion fruit, pine
Aftertaste: Lingering minerality, mild hop bitterness