Riot Brewing – Family Reunion Brut IPA

Overview

Riot Brewing – Family Reunion Brut IPA Review

The Family Reunion Brut IPA is a collaboration with one of Edmonton’s newer breweries “Blind Enthusiam”. Why Blind Enthusiam? and why is this beer named Family Reunion? Well, let me tell you…

Before Rob Monk became head brewer of Blind Enthusiam’s brewery at Ritchie Market in Edmonton, he had stints in Yukon Brewing and Spinnakers. But before that he hung out in the East Van hood of Vancouver where Ralf and Aly, of Riot Brewing spent many of their brewing and drinking days!

Together again, they have  created their own unique take on the very popular Brut IPA style! They added cranberries and Halletau Blanc hops giving this ale a flavour and aroma profile of white wine, grapes, grass and light citrus fruit notes. A nicely balanced light tasting IPA for the non IPA drinker!

  • (4.1)
    Appearance
  • (3.8)
    Aroma
  • (4)
    Palate
  • (3.8)
    Flavour
  • (4.3)
    Overall Enjoyment
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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Gold
  • Head Size & Retention: mousse like head that dissipates quickly
  • Carbonation: Bubbly/Lively
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: Balanced Malt/Hop
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Biscuity/Bready
  • Hop Characteristics: Grass, Leaves or Hay
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: tart berries
  • Palate: Crisp/Dry/Clean, Light dry finish

Summary

A Brut IPA with the additions of  cranberries and Halletau Blanc hops giving this ale a flavour and aroma profile of white wine, grapes, grass and light citrus fruit notes. A nicely balanced light tasting IPA for the non IPA drinker!

Pros

-Light tasting & refreshing

Cranberry flavour and tartness is subtle but cuts down the malty sweetness

A nice alternative to Proseccco or Champagne

Accessible beer for those that do not like hops /hoppy beers

Cons

Light on hops and hop aromas

Not a traditional IPA and may be too light bodied and low on hop aromas and flavours for those wanting a good American IPA

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