BEER: Gage Roads Sleeping Giant IPA, 5.4%
The problem is that these copycats (think this brewery - Gage Roads - and Bluetongue for prime examples) are still hollow imitators, the quality and intentions of the brews just failing to quite match the standards set by the trailblazers, even if they offer a significant step up on the swill that is mainstream 'premium' beers (Crown Lager anyone?).
Which brings us quite neatly to this beer. From all appearances it looks like it should be a goodun', with the packaging, colour and even lively alcohol level (5.4%) suggesting that this is more than a token attempt at a proper IPA. But from first whiff it all just falls short, the nose heavy with caramel malt, the palate following with a rich and dull glob of malt, the whole package just a little too broad and lacking in freshness for real satisfaction.
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