“Sometimes you want to mark a grand achievement with a solid celebration. It could be running around the field with your jersey pulled over your head, inviting your friends over to share the love, or relishing the resounding smack of a perfectly connected high five. Balter’s IIPA is another one of those triumphant tips of the hat to well-earned success. Bursting with hops, strong in ABV(8.6%) and coming in a tall tin, it is large in every way.”
Glassware: IPA glass.
Appearance: Reasonably clear bright amber complexion. Nice and big two and a half finger head that persists and decorates the glass as we imbibe.
Aroma: Holy moly this is good! Tonnes of clean and crisp pine needle, grapefruit, peach, mango, melon, blackberry, passion fruit, lychee…the list could go on. But it’s this muscly and sweet caramel malt base that puts the icing on the cake. Sensational.
Flavour: Just a tidal wave of mixed citrus, tropical fruits and stonefruit to the fore. Bit of a clean pine needle thing going on as well. Like the nose it has that lovely caramel malt backing that flows in to the finish along with a fiery warmth in the tail.
Mouthfeel: Really well rounded. The 8.6% ABV definitely ain’t trying to hide. Kind of sticky and gelatinous texture with an extremely well hidden 105 IBU. Medium body and co2.
Overall: Absolutely superb! Would have loved to see them pull the booze back in line with the IBU. If they did that it’d be a straight 10/10. Without a doubt.