Monthly Archives: September 2018

Twin Sails Brewing Slam Dank IPA with Mosaic, Columbus & Apollo

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Twin Sails is a brewery based in Port Moody, in Canada’s British Colombia province, run by twin brothers Cody and Clay Allmin. They have established a really strong reputation for their beers. I got hold of a can of this, their Slam Dank Double IPA, ¬†in a shop in Penticton, BC, and I really liked it. They describe it as their first trip to the dank side of hops, and they¬†double dry hopped it with large amounts of Mosaic, Columbus and Apollo.

Twin Sails Brewing Slam Dank Double IPA
7.5% alcohol
Made with Mosaic, Columbus & Apollo hops, this is smooth, complex and very refined with subtle tropical fruit, some grapefruit, fine herby hoppy notes, a broad textural mouthfeel and some spicy bite. Brilliant stuff. It’s supposed to be super-dank and very hoppy, but I find it just delicious. 9/10

Garage Project Pernicious Weed Double IPA, New Zealand

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Based in Wellington, New Zealand, the Garage Project is one of the very best brewers in the country, with a broad, imaginative range, based on sound brewing and good flavours. This Pernicious Weed is a celebration of hops, but despite the alcohol level it’s amazingly drinkable, and not overblown.

Garage Project Pernicious Weed Double IPA, New Zealand
8% alcohol
Nelson Sauvin and Rakau hops. Golden/orange colour. Powerful but beautifully balanced with lively, sweet passionfruit and nectarine flavours with some grapefruit freshness. Aromatic and enticing with a lovely rich mouthfeel with some sweet fruity notes and a nice bitter hoppiness, although this never sticks out. The high alcohol adds warmth and brings together all the complex flavours. This is a really exciting, well balanced beer with plenty of impact but also real harmony. 9/10