This is one serious beer my friends. At 8.3%, this double IPA is BIG, yet still keeps you wanting more. You've been warned!
The Good: From that first taste, you're greeted with everything you're looking for in a great IPA, it's hoppy and bitter, with a little maltiness and a nice alcohol kick (yet I still want more after every sip), amazingly this is an exceptionally well balanced IPA. From the hoppy aroma emanating from the glass, I'd have hazarded a guess this was based around Galaxy and Mosaic, but I'd have been dead wrong, apparently this is straight ahead new world baby. And despite being as heavy as Parkway Drive's last album, this beer doesn't suffer from some of the drawbacks other high ABV beers we've tried do (It doesn't taste like shit, for instance). I really could go on, it's good in so many ways. Just trust me, this is a real IPA in my book.
The Bad: It feels like lately I've been Mr. Positive in my reviews, but I'm honestly struggling to fault this delicious beer. I will say this, despite its fantastic taste, at 8.3% it's quite limiting, I certainly won't be sitting on it for an arvo session.
Enjoyment: This is one of those sit up and take notice IPAs. In recent times, it feels like we've been flooded with a huge volume of ho-hum "craft" IPAs, but Pact Beer Co. didn't disappoint, this is a truly magnificent example of how to do an IPA right. It's hoppy and bitter and thirst quenching and boy is it big. It really jumps out from the (overly crowded) pack, and lights up everything an IPA should be. I suspect this could lead to an unintended big night for Paddy and I in the near future, but it's worth it for such a great brew. It takes me back to one of those first times trying an IPA type moments where I was like "where has this been this whole time?". Get on board, I could see myself down the park hotel sipping one of these quite easily, it's a monster but it's well worth it.
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