Review: Bièreie Shelton's Shelton NE IPA


Here's another beer I've been meaning to review for a while but just didn't have the time! While visiting Oshlag Brasserie & Distillerie in Montreal, they were canning Bièrerie Shelton Shelton NEIPA (New England IPA) I was one of the first people to ever get a sample of the beer thanks to Shawn at Avant Garde.

Quebec seems to make some of the best New England-style IPAs, but with Quebec being right next door to New England/North East USA, it's not really a surprised so many Quebec breweries have pulled it off well.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy, orange with a bit of sediment in it. Good thick amount of slightly off-white head that gradually diminishes to just a finger's worth of head while the rest is leaving by residue on the glass.

Aroma: Tropical fruit notes are dominant in this beer. There's notes of lime, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple. This is reminiscent to a can of Five Alive for the most part. The beer is fairly sweet, lightly bitter with a combo of grassy and hint of piney/woody hops.

Taste: The sweetness is the first thing that pops out in this beer, it's a sweet, tropical fruit medley that's absolutely tasty. There's a good deal of pineapple, grapefruit, lime and other various fruits in here to give it a real zestiness that reminds me of tropical drinks on a beach far far away.

Overall Thoughts: Solid NE IPA that's easy to drink, fairly juicy and fruity. It's not as heavy as many of the style, but this was great! This is another great example how a contract brewery can actually make solid products that are better than a lot of breweries that brew at their own site. 7.5% ABV / 56 IBU

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