Review: Bookstore Escape from Narrow City (An Easy IPA)

Today’s sampling is Escape from Narrow City, an easy IPA brewed by Bookstore Brewing in Winnipeg, which is currently contract brewed by the always awesome Oxus Brewing

From the label: Existence in the metropolis had lived up to its myopic nickname. Time to go. But where will their impatience launch them? The captain’s unease might be the only saviour of this naive adventure. Escape from Narrow City, an easy IPA, for uneasy times. A citrus, pine and stone fruit hop experience, with biscuit and caramel flavours. Bookstore Brewing exists to add to what should always be here. Drinkable yet curious beers, to escape the drama around us. 4.8% ABV

Appearance: Kind of a pinkish red body with a very liberal amount of head on it, very thicc with a beige hue to it, so thick that it almost looks like fermenting dough. Head diminishes gradually to leave behind a good amount of lacing on the glass. Fairly clear and good amount of carbonation in the body.

Aroma: The first thing I get from the aroma is the note of stone fruit - it’s sweet, a bit dry, floral and definitely has a bitter pine bite that you expect in classic yesteryear IPAs. There’s a bit of pineapple and lemon, a tad woody, tickles the nose a tad.

Taste: Fairly sweet IPA with stone fruit, grapefruit, lemon and a hint of pineapple. It’s fairly dry, a tad floral, a bit of an Earl Grey tea-like bitterness to it, slightly peppery and a mildly piney and woody finish at the end. The IPA is pretty watery for the mouthfeel, while leaves behind a slight pine bitterness at the end. Pretty straight forward IPA.

Overall Thoughts: I have to say that this is more reminiscent to the common IPAs of the early to mid 2010s before everything got all tropical and juicy. This definitely has a nice fruity and tropical presence to it, but it also has a bitterness that you just don’t see too often lately. Pretty smooth for me, a tad aggressive for most others, likely.

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