Well, hot damn, this was a kick in the teeth – but in a very good way!
Barnstormer Brewing, located in Barrie, Ontario, has long been a champion of making beer that delivers on every front – taste, look, aroma, and more.
After all, when a brewer’s mantra is “…to save the world from enduring even one more lousy, domestic bottle of unthinkably bland, filtered, watery beer”, what’s not to like?
So I got their Accelerated Stall Imperial IPA (also known as Maverick’s IIPA and, no, that’s not a typo!) with the excitement of a kid about to try a new toy they’d had their eye on for a while, and now finally had.
And it didn’t disappoint.
From the moment you pour the can into your glass of choice, the aroma hits your nostrils and takes you to a warm summer day in a grassy field,
The amber colour has a nice foggy tint to it (always a good sign, in my books), and the smooth foamy head invites you to dip in.
Reading the can, you’ll see that this is an all-natural, unfiltered IPA made from just a few ingredients – water, malted barley, hops, and yeast.
The four hops used by Barnstormer are a mix of Australian, American, and French hops, and the result is a gentle battle between tropical fruitiness and the right amount of bitter citrus.
The taste isn’t too overpowering, although it does give you a nice buzz as you make your way down the glass. Strong enough to hit, soft enough to savour. Now that’s a combination that anyone can enjoy.
If you get a chance to try this, do so – it’s a keeper!
- ABV: 8.4%
- IBU: 80+
- Style: Imperial Ale
- Taste: Hoppy, fruity, citrus
- Rating: 4.5/5
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