Hoyne Hard Rain Double IPA

hoyne_poster_hardrain-01Brewer: Hoyne Brewing, Victoria BC
Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.6%
IBUs: Not Available (High!)

Description: This latest limited release by Hoyne, this double IPA is named in honor of Victoria’s reputation for prolonged, wet weather. Befitting that is an IPA of increased strength and intense bitterness, made possible by a hefty dose of finishing hops that are added late in the boil.

Tasting Notes: This is the second ale I’ve had recently that took advantage of finishing hops to achieve extra bitterness. And I have to say, I’m not a huge fan. While the craft of this brew and its makers’ talent cannot be denied, it just wasn’t that pleasing to drink. The hop flavor is intensely bitter in a way that obscures the malt base and doesn’t provide any fruity notes to balance out the bitterness. Sorry, but this is one trend I’m not able to get behind just yet.

Appearance: Strong amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Mild malt nose, strong dose of hops, grassy, herbal and citrus peel
Taste: Immediate burst of hop bitterness, herbal, hints of grass, powerful citrus rind
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness, citrus rind, and herbal notes
Overall: 7.5/10