Working Title ‘Salvation’ West Coast IPA


“Old school and loving it. Will it be our Salvation in these hazy times? Probably not, but a little bit of reminiscing never hurt.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: They don’t come much better looking than this. It pours a bold amber complexion with a well maintained two finger cap. Good retention and lacing as we go.

Aroma: They’ve struck an impeccable balance here. As soon as the semi sweet and biscuity malts hit the olfactories the piney, citrusy and spicy hops pull it all back into line. Nice subtle waves of caramel and honey along with mixed orange citrus/candied, slightly dank herbals, sappy resins, light floral characteristics and aniseed. Really liking this aroma and really hoping it all transfers to the palate.

Flavour: Right on the money! It kicks off with that classic West Coast dry bitterness but is quickly softened by the rounded malt sweetness. Then almost instantly the all American hop profile slashes through the malts like a knife through hot butter. Mixed citrus then carries it all through to a distinctly dry and bitter finish which draws out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Slightly soapy and a bit acrid but that’s to be expected for the style. Co2 is spot on. Medium body. The 7.5% ABV is pretty well concealed.

Overall: Not bad. Not bad at all. We’ve found this mobs beers are getting and better each time we’re reacquainted. That’s a pretty damn fine interpretation of the old classic. Solid.