Refined Fool Brewing Co. is the quintessential craft brewery. As a self-described nano-brewery hailing from Sarnia, Ontario, the fine folks at Refined Fool grew their business from a home brew operation into a full business.
I found Short Pier, Long Walk Double IPA at my local liquor store in Kitchener, Ontario, nearly 2 hours away, which shows their reach.
The 650 mL bottle is a very classic, unassuming black, red, and white. What caught my eye was the 100+ IBU count right on the front of the label. It is clear that Refined Fool wanted to target hop-heads like myself, and I’m glad that they did.
The pour was a very nicely unfiltered, warm orange colour, with a lot of foam. Once the foam settled, I was shocked at how well-balanced this 8.4% bitter, hoppy brew finished.
If I was doing a blind taste test, I would have pegged this at about half the posted ABV, which makes this a dangerously drinkable double IPA. All of the flavours arising from the hops profile blend well together, without being overbearing.
It had a nice floral, pine, and citrus blend, which did not sit heavy at all.
I found this particular beer at the right time, with the weather shifting to autumn. I tend to enjoy hops most in the fall months, but that being said, I could see myself enjoying this particular brew year-round.
While this would be likely to satisfy even the more hardcore hops purists, it would also be a good introduction for those looking to experiment with hoppier pours.
- ABV: 8.4%
- IBU: 100+
- Style: Double India Pale Ale
- Taste: Hoppy but smooth
- Rating: 4.6/5
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