Review: Cabin Brewing's Sunshine Rain IPA

Thanks again Brent for another beer! Today I'm checking out Calgary-based Cabin Brewing's Sunshine Rain IPA.

"Our take on the classic northwest American IPA shuns the heavy caramel and resin notes typically found in this style for something more refined and unique. Sunshine Rain has been brewed to be balanced, lively, fresh and dry, but doesn’t hold back with an aggressive dank and tropical hop punch - a combination of Simcoe, Mosaic and Citra hops." 6.7% ABV / 60 IBU

Appearance: Almost clear enough to see through, but not quite. It's golden straw in appearance, has a good amount of carbonation in the body, as well as a moderate amount of snow white head on top of the beer itself.

Aroma: Right from the first impression, this has a Northwest IPA vibe to it. The beer is moderately tropical but has some bitter hop characteristics in it as well. Notes of pineapple and orange peel are the first things I get, followed by notes of oats, floral hop and piney bitter hoppiness at the end. Quite aromatic so far.

Taste: From the very first sip, this beer reminded me of one of my favourite Northwest IPAs, Driftwood Brewing's Fat Tug - it has a lot of that tropical presence as well as a moderate amount of piney bitterness as well. For tropical notes - I get pineapple, lemon and orange, then I get a bit of oatiness following it immediately after, and then I get a floral and bitter piney presence at the end. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a hint of apple to it.

Overall Thoughts: Tasty Northwest-style IPA, it has the tropical zestiness that I was expecting, as well as the floral and bitter pine notes I know and love. Fairly smooth on the palate for this IPA fan, but probably a bit too aggressive for those who aren't hopheads. Everything I've had by Cabin Brewing has been great so far, keep it up!

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