Review: Namesake Time Trap IPA

Manitoba's brewery scene keeps booming to the point that I can't keep up with all the new beers and breweries coming out. Today's my first review of anything by Winnipeg's Namesake Brewing, with me reviewing their Time Trap IPA, which is currently their only beer but knowing Manitoba breweries, they'll have a second beer up and running before you know it.

Namesake IPA is a classic IPA brewed with Mosaic, Galaxy and Sabro Hops. 6.0% ABV and 50 IBU

Appearance: Dark orange/dark amber body with no noticeable clarity to it. Moderate amount of beige head on top with a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Mildly floral, somewhat sweet, notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, caramel. Pretty straightforward so far.

Taste: Mild sweetness from notes of caramel, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon. There's a tad bit of a leafy hop presence to it, a tad grassiness and a hint of pine for bitterness at the end. Slightly yeasty aftertaste but doesn't linger for long.

Overall Thoughts: Solid classic IPA. Floral and light bitter hops with citrusy and tropical fruit notes, easy to drink. I recall the Galaxy-forward IPAs from way back when and I find the hop is subdued compared to a decade back, IMO it's now more of a tropical hop that balances other flavours out while before it was dominating in tropical IPAs before the hazy/juicy/etc craze ever hit. This is going to become a regular in my fridge this summer.

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