Moon Under Water Brewing Co. – Tranquility IPA Review
Shortly after opening The Moon Under Water Brewery came under new ownership and underwent a bit of an overhaul. The best part about this new ownership is that we have started to see their beer show up in select Craft Beer locations. Purchased from the 16th St. Liquor Store in West Vancouver The Tranquility IPA is something for this brewery to be proud of. The mark 1 version of this beer left the palate wishing for more but with an updated look and an improved recipe, it was time to give this beer a second shot. This beer poured into the glass with slightly more than a finger of head. The head settled slowly clinging to the glasses sides. This IPA’s colour is golden-amber with some noticeable sediment making for a slightly opaque translucence. The aroma coming off the Tranquility IPA is of a piney northwest style hop. Paired with citrus notes it is a strong aroma that speaks to the BC IPA lover. The taste is similar to the smell; with a light, creamy texture and a strong, piney, hop bitterness this is a true Northwest IPA. Citrus notes help to balance the flavour but this is all about the hop. At 70 IBU and 6.5%, there are stronger, hoppier beers out there but this is a balance of drinkability and strong, unique flavour.
Original review written on October 23, 2012
The Moon Under Water Tranquility IPA pours with a very thin head in a strong amber colour. The aroma is mostly of hop with a strong piny-ness. The start of this beer is relatively mellow thanks to the low carbonation. The mellow start builds into a hoppy bitterness that lasts through the finish. The hop is strong but not over the top as a malted background is still apparent but masked by the pine-bitter main-stage. As one of the newest BC breweries this is not readily available in most areas. It is starting to show up at more and more locations in and around Victoria but outside of that zone you may be out of luck.
Rating – 7.0/10
Alcohol – 5.2%
Size – 650ml bottles
Price – $5.50 (Brewery)