Accelerated Stall – Maverick’s IIPA

Drink: Accelerated Stall Maverick’s IIPA
Source: Barnstormer Brewing Company, Barrie, Ontario
ABV: 8.4%
IBUs: 80
Size: 473 mL tallboy
Cost: $3.25

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

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