02
Nov
10

Beers of Vancouver, vol. 21

The second of my three IPAs is Lighthouse Brewing Company’s Shipwreck Triple IPA.  Yes, triple: it clocks in at 10% ABV.

It’s pretty damn amazing beer.  Once again, it’s not a big sledgehammer of hops, but… well, you triple the hops and you get something out of it.  In Shipwreck’s case, you don’t get that big meaty Ruination-like thud of hoppy bitterness turning your palate inside-out, but you do get a certain hoppy authority that just keeps going and going and going.  I swear, this beer has an aftertaste measured in minutes.

Like yesterday’s Wildfire IPA, Shipwreck doesn’t neglect the malty side of the palate; unlike Wildfire, Shipwreck’s malts play a decidedly supporting role.  Much like the bassist in a good jazz ensemble, they set the pace and keep things moving while the headliner soloist wanks away on trumpet or guitar — or in this case, hops.  This gives Shipwreck a nice rich fullness and wards off the syrupy sweetness one sometimes finds in sledgehammer IPAs.

10% ABV beer has no business being this easy to drink, though.  Good thing I’ve booked off the evening.

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