Drink: Accelerated Stall Maverick’s IIPA
Source: Barnstormer Brewing Company, Barrie, Ontario
Size: 473 mL tallboy
Such over the top packaging suggests to the uninitiated beer-buyer that this is an ale not to be messed with. This IIPA (Imperial IPA, a.k.a. a double IPA, an ale with 6-8% ABV) clocks in an impressive 8.4% ABV, pushing it closer to a barley wine than regular old beer.
Medium brown on the pour, this unfiltered ale resembles fresh-pressed apple cider; its bouquet is lightly evocative of pine resin (the hops!), and it has a rich, dense head.
However, rather than the anticipated overbearing hops, this beer is lightly fruity and malty in its flavour, betraying its high ABV and IBU in a pleasant fashion.
The finish is lightly tart and crisp.
Despite the underwhelming presentation, this IIPA is a great contender for an ale that will get you hooched hard. Be sure to chase with a pint or two of water if you made the poor choice to drive to the pub.
Hoochsavvy Grade: A