Review: Moody Ales Affable IPA

The other day I blogged about my visit to Port Moody, BC's Brewers Row, today I'm reviewing a beer by one of the breweries, Affable IPA by Moody Ales.

Affable IPA is an American IPA brewed with Pale, Munich, Light, Vienna and Wheat for grains and Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo for hops. 80 IBU, 6.8% ABV

From the website: "Our Affable IPA is generously hopped late in the brewing process with American aroma hops that give it a piney, fruity, floral bouquet without imparting heavy bitterness. This beer is all about the nose - a light malt body and moderate bitterness allow the finishing and dry hops to shine through with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and pine."

Appearance: Pours golden straw with a very light amount of cloudiness to it. At the beginning it has a very thick amount of snow white head on top but it quickly diminishes to leave behind a liberal amount of lacing on the glass and a light to moderate amount of head retained.

Aroma: This has a classic IPA aroma that I haven't seen in quite a while - it's quite bitter with notes of pine, a bit of a tropical grapefruit aroma and an herbal/leafy presence at the end. Notes of caramel, and a hint of graininess at the very end.

Taste: Pine is the first thing I get from this beer, followed by grapefruit, an herbal hop presence, a bit of woodiness and a bit of a graininess at the very end. There's a bit of a caramel sweetness in there as well but for the most part it's quite hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is a tingling presence of pine that lingers for a good amount of time.

Overall Thoughts: It's honestly been quite a while since I had a very bitter IPA like Affable IPA. It reminds me of the IPAs I was drinking in the early 2010s and not so much of the tropical, sweet and smoother IPAs we get now days. Seriously nostalgic and even reminds me a bit of the Red Racer stuff I enjoyed way back in the day.. oh how times have changed for the ol' India Pale Ale category of beers.

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