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Sherbrooke Accent Double Edged IPA | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Sherbrooke Accent Double Edged IPASherbrooke Accent Double Edged IPA
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Sherbrooke Accent Double Edged IPASherbrooke Accent Double Edged IPA

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IronDjinn on 05-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml (I think) bottle, with a seemingly hand scribbled label, indicating that this is a DIPA, aged in Scottish Whisky casks, 'just in time for summer." Uh huh.

This beer pours a clear, save some fine swirling sediment, medium copper hue, with absolutely, positively, demonstratively, no head. None, which is always weird when you encounter it. That aside, the aroma is mild doughy malt, citrus cream, vanilla, caramel, and soused wood, quite similar to that distinct Innis and Gunn essence. The taste is sweet woodiness up front - boozy oak, vanilla and edgy toffee, followed by some creamy orange and pine hops that seem neutered, and a warming booziness that borders on astringent. The carbonation is practically AWOL, the body medium weight, smooth against a pushing metallic edge, and somehow creamy around that. It finishes sweet and silky, the sugary barrel notes overriding the already squashed hops.

Did Accent Lounge actually ask for this? I can't see this working with their central European fare, or any other food, for that matter, save a few dessert courses. The only other heavily barrel treated big IPA I've come across was a gustatory mess, and this one is no different. It winds up tasting like diluted whisky blended with flat orange soda. Experimentation is a good thing, but every once in while, you get your duds.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into tulip 26/6/11

A particles chunk sized to tiny suspended little guys floating around in a dark amber body with very little carbonation and zero head or lace even after an angry pour

S peaty candied fruit with some vanilla and booze, smells sweet with some smokey toffee

T a little grapefruit rind on top of what I smell but little in the way of a DIPA, lots of barrel aging evidence but not heaps of peat but woody whiskey notes are there for sure

M flat and watery, this one has no life to it at all, there's a medium body but nothing else

O as a DIPA its pretty average lacking all the characteristics I normally associate with the style, as a strong ale or a similar style perhaps something more but as a DIPA pretty average

I don't get the barrel aging DIPA's and I doubt I ever will, I didn't mind this beer but grading it as a DIPA is a little hard. Other then the complete lack of carbonation this could do well as something other then a DIPA but what can you do? Perhaps we should create a style where the goal is to replace hop notes with whiskey and wood, I just don't understand scotch barrel aged DIPA's I guess

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Photo of andrenaline
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From my BlackBerry notes... Cheers to joemcgrath27 for the Edmonton beer haul.

A - Pours a nice golden copper colour with a thin layer of head, no retention or lacing.

S - Musty hops, caramel and a touch metallic. Reminiscent of an ESB with the earthy hops, but a hint of smoked peat comes through on the finish.

T - Hops a minty in nature, but the earthiness also comes through. The peaty smoke and wooden flavours come through alongside some vanilla. The ABV is well hidden and a nice hop bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M - A tad thin for my liking, lacking body and coming across watery.

O - A bit of a disappointment on the appearance and mouthfeel. The flavours, however, were unique and definitely makes it worth a try. Not your typical DIPA.

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Photo of peensteen
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber brown, slight ring of white head, light lace. Smell is oaky and malty, peat, smells a lot like the soft drink Brio in terms of that bitter scent it has, some citrus and pine, not overkill on the whisky. Taste is oaky, peaty, big earthy bitterness rolls in, malt, vanilla, big scotch aftertaste. Barley carbonated, light feel that is watery at points. Way too much oak to even recognize this as IPA at times, I dont think the oak was at all favourable here.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - a deep amber with bubbles clinging to the glass randomly, no real head or lacing
S - faint caramel and woody peaty notes, very faint pine
T - light piney and herbal hop flavours, caramels and a metallic hint, but like the nose the flavours are all very faint
M - low carbonation especially for an DIPA, slightly bitter but mostly watery
O - i had such high hopes given the pedigree of the Sherbrooke special brews, but DISAPPOINTED

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't even aware this was in the works. I would imagine this was aged in Glen Breton casks, and I'll edit when I can confirm. Comes in a 341 ml brown bottle, yellow label with a green border and a sword running up the middle of it all. Brewed for the Accent Lounge right off of Whyte Ave. and 104th St., and is also available at Sherbrooke Liquor.

Pours out a slightly hazed deep amber hue, a small beige head actually forms after the pour, but disappears just as quickly.

The aroma presents some wood, sweet alcohol and orange gum drops, with mild bready malt in the background.

Sweet malt and alcohol blend up front in the flavour, and then the Whisky notes and piney, citrus hops start to duke it our towards the finish. There is dryness on the finish and in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, silky smooth, with low carbonation.

Kudos for the experiment, but this once again confirms to me my previous theory that barrel-aging and hoppy beers really don't mix very well (the exception being Innis & Gunn's Canada Day 2011 Edition). I did notice however that pairing this with some food tones down the disharmony and accentuates some caramel/toffee notes that were hiding behind the Whisky and hops (and their eternal struggle). That in itself will balance out some issues if sampling this at the Accent Lounge itself.

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Sherbrooke Accent Double Edged IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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