Review: Bench Creek Brewing's Flint & Steel Session IPA


This is the first time I've ever tried anything by Bench Creek Brewing out of Yellowhead County, Alberta (near Edson). Hell, this is the very first Albertan beer I've ever seen available in Manitoba that's not Big Rock or Brewster's!

Today I'm checking out their Flint & Steel Session IPA, which tops out at 4.7% ABV.

Appearance: The first thing I get out of this beer is how incredibly foamy it is. It took me well over half an hour to get a reasonable pour in here. It's a stubborn beer that's mostly light beige until it finally diminishes into beer. Afterwards, it is a pretty hefty unfiltered dark orange body with a good amount of beige head.

Aroma: Notes of citrus and tropical fruits pops out at the beginning, notes of lemon, honeydew and a hint of pineapple. Mildly bitter and sweet.

Taste: The fruitiness pops out as the dominant flavours - honeydew, pineapple and even some pear and apples in there - just like a fruit cup! There's a bit of a light grassy bitter aftertaste in there. Not tasting the freshest but it's going down quite smoothly here.

Overall Thoughts: Not fresh, but wasn't a bad beer at all, was a nice tropical-forward session IPA that reminded me of a fruit cup more than anything. It was kind of annoying have to wait over half an hour for the intense foam to die down.. but sometimes you just have to wait!

http://benchcreekbrewing.com/

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