Origin: Placentia, CA
Style: American IPA
Hops: Centennial, Simcoe
Malt: Irish Stout, Wheat, Carapils
When Patrick Rue founded The Bruery over a decade ago, he vowed never to brew an IPA. But the style became savagely popular, and the brewing crew knew they could make a top-notch entry (or perhaps many....) The beers of Offshoot are fresh, juicy, and almost entirely based around IPAs (with the occasional experiment thrown in the mix.) All of them are designed around the hop-forward idea and the quality expected in California’s craft beer game these days. They’ve produced over 30 different varieties, available in six pack form and are beginning to be available wherever your mouth happens to be. The Treat IPA is a west coast style Pale Ale with flavors of pine, grapefruit, apricot, and berry. Light in body and snappy on the palate, the Treat is a refreshing beer after hot days or hard work. Serves well at 8°C and should be enjoyed right away.
Pours a light yellow colour with a slightly hazy body and low carbonation. A thick pad of fluffy bubbles forms the head out of the can.
Muddled but juicy tropical fruit aroma off this beer, a touch of funky yeast, and the green, grassy hop aromas with a little bit of wet clay.
A lot of the hop takes over at the front of this taste - you’ll get some bitter leafy flavour and then behind it a bit of bright, floral texture. The rest of it comes in to balance it out, making it a touch smoother and the malt gives it some backbone, but the dry and bitter bite of those hops will stay with you through the entire taste. Finishes up a bit dry and with those leave still in your mouth.
The brewery recommends grilled burgers and who are we to argue with something that tasty? Throw a little cheddar on to get really saucy.
New England IPA
Grande Prairie, AB
Retail: $6.49 Club: $4.79