Review: Noctem Artisans Brasseurs Catnip IPA


Well, this is something I've been wanting to try for a few years now but for some reason I kept forgetting to pick it up every time I was at a dépanneur in Quebec, Noctem Artisans Brasseurs Catnip IPA. I'm a fan of cats so this beer should have been sampled years ago but I finally got to try it thanks to mon ami Alain!

« Aussi appel√©e herbe √† chat, cette plante est connue pour son effet enivrant chez les f√©lins. De la m√™me fa√ßon, nous croyons qu'√©norm√©ment de houblon peut surcharger nos papilles. En voici une quantit√© hallucinante! »

Appearance: Hazy as eff New England IPA, deep bright orange body with a light amount of carbonation in the body. The head is moderate for thickness with over a finger of thickness of bright white head on top. The head diminishes pretty quickly, leaving behind only a couple bubbles at the end.

Aroma: Tropical as heck, a lot of pineapple, melon, lemon, orange peel. Bit of a perfume-like zest to it, floral and leafy hops, no noticeable bitterness from the hops. It actually has a tad bit of Mountain Dew vibe to it which is weird but it wouldn't be the first, I like it!

Taste: Sweet and tropical Hazy IPA with a good deal of melon to it, notes of pineapple and lemon. Very leafy hop presence, tropical as noted before, bit sugary, it's way too smooth. At the end there's a surprising amount of pepperiness to it. 

Overall Thoughts: I've sampled a lot of Hazy/Juicy/etc IPAs in recent days and this is by far the best I've had in recent memory. This just may be catnip for humans. Tropical, sweet, hard to describe, smooooooth.

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