Modern TDH IPA, the latest entry in Ballistic’s Sleep When You’re Dead series, features a blend of hop varieties that are popular now and hop varieties that were popular in the early 2010s. It re-introduces some of that West Coast IPA flavour profile that was so familiar eight years ago… and then uses the technique du jour of dry-hopping it to the moon. The old school varieties Magnum and Chinook bring a deep, savoury resin to this IPA; a spicy, piney dankness; a hint of that rich motor oil smell you might get from walking past a mechanic’s garage. But this is caught up in a breeze of grapefruit, candied pineapple, and pawpaw from cool kids Citra, Mosaic and Vic Secret. Sweeter on the nose and drier in the mouth, this complex triple-dry-hopped barrage of flavour is surprisingly light-bodied and goes down much more easily that you’d expect for a beer of this heft. But a steadily cumulating bitterness helps to put the brakes on a little, keeping you from foolishly throwing back four of these in rapid succession.
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