KATY VS. SASHA: Double IPA by Pit Caribou

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Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Double IPA by Pit Caribou.

Katy:

A few weeks ago I told you I didn't spend all day in a beer filled room swirling my glass, writing funny little qwips for Twitter and posting awesome photos for my Untappd checkins. I think I actually convinced some of you ..and then I checked into Pit Caribou's Double IPA at lunchtime. So maybe most of my free time is spent doing beer things, that's not wrong is it? Anyway, let's get to this review.

Pit Caribou's Double IPA pours a deep orange, which contrasted against the bleak snowy background of Ottawa seems almost warming, like it has the power to melt away the March snow. There are aromas of grassy hops, citrus and also some bready malts that adds a slightly sweet note. This is a double IPA so there are a whole lotta hops crammed in this bottle which makes for a bitter bite of pine, citrus and resin, but there's a lingering malt presence that (unsuccessfully) tries to balance the hops in this 8.2% ABV brew. 

But I'm okay with a beer that's a little off balance in favour of hops.

           4 out of 5 bottle caps

 

Sasha:

Pouring a hazy straw color with a very slight white head, the Double IPA from Pit Caribou, a brewery from Gaspé is definitely made for hop lovers.

The aroma is filled with nothing but flowery hops and the first sip gives a bitter kick straight to your tastebuds. 

The flavours definitely linger – but the beer is very smooth and pure – with a warming bite of the alcohol on the end. 

Overall – a bit too bitter for my taste – but hopheads out there will really love this one!

 
3 out of 5 bottle caps

 

 Double IPA is available at Bières Du Monde (181 Rue Principal Aylmer, QC and Bières du Monde department in the Outaouais Fruterie in Les Galeries de Hull) - lesbieresdumonde.com

A selection of Quebec craft beers can be found at Bières du Monde

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