Review: Brasserie Dunham Cyclope IPA (Citra/Chinook)

It's not every day when I get to review a beer from Brasserie Dunham! I picked up a couple cans of Dunham's Cyclope IPA (Citra Chinook) at the Quality Inn Beer Store a month back. The first thing that pops out about their beer isn't the beer itself but their labels on their bottles and cans, always creative and really pop out compared to most breweries for me.

Cyclope IPA is 5.7% ABV and 60 IBU.

Appearance: Pours a moderately cloudy blonde ale with a moderate amount of carbonation a thin to moderate amount of snow white head on top. The head gradually diminishes to leave behind a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The hops come up first and foremost - notes of pine, tropical fruits of guava, lemon, lime and a hint of pineapple. It's a tad grainy and grassy.

Taste: The first impression I get from the beer is kind of a paper-like taste, but once I sample it a bit more, it's more of a grassy hopped IPA with notes of pine and citrusy hop. There's guava, lime, an ever so faint presence of dill. The malt is a bit grainy with a bit of a toasted profile to it. I found that there's a bit of sediment near the bottom of the can so once that's added to the beer, I get more tropical notes, especially pineapple and orange peel.

Overall Thoughts: A solid IPA by Dunham, though not as near citrusy/tropical as most of their IPAs I've had in the past few years. I'm looking forward to going to Dunham's Foudres Unis beer festival again this year, their first event last year was a blast and a half! If you happen to be anywhere near the Dunham area, a visit to Brasserie Dunham is a must!

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