Monday, December 4, 2017

Loowit Brewing Company - Super Shinobi Triple IPA

Perfect beer for a ninja or two?
Here's a tip for any beer tourists out there currently planning a trip to Beervana, aka Portland, Oregon. Set aside a day for a trip across the river to our sleepy neighbor to the North, Vancouver, Washington. Vancouver breweries have really come into their own. They are brewing all kinds of awesomeness up that way and one of my favorites is Loowit Brewing. Their beers are great and their labels are super cool. Speaking of super cool, tonight's beer is Loowit's Super Shinobi TRIPLE IPA. Let's get right to the imbibing!

Super Shinobi poured into my IPA glass a clear orange/amber color with a creamy, off-white--almost tan--head that rose up to more than two fingers thick and dissipated slowly. Copious patches of webby lacing were left behind all over the glass. 

Aroma was sweet caramel malt and indistinct citrus hops right up front. Hints of tropical and stone fruit and resinous pine in the background, but that malt aroma is the star of the show.

Flavor followed the nose, with plentiful rounds of sweet caramel malt, citrus and piney hops alternating across my tongue. Nice! A bit of grapefruit pith. Notes of tropical and stone fruit. Resinous pine lingered on the palate after every sip. Super nice! Not your typical PNW IPA hops profile, though, as there was a hint of grassy, spicy, herbaceousness lurking in the mix.

Medium mouthfeel with a slightly creamy finish. Surprising lack of alcohol taste for a beer with  11% ABV. Yoink! This one is dangerously easy to drink. Zero harsh. 

Overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable triple IPA with an excellent malt/hops balance. I like! Ha, it's different enough that I might even be able to pick it out of a crowd, even with my rudimentary taste buds. Good stuff, Loowit, and I'm giving Super Shinobi a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4. This brew also earns the coveted Droolie. Merry the Wonder Beagle perked right up from a late dinner nap when the aroma wafted in her general direction.

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