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79. Ides of November 2022: Sphynx

Phantasm IPA 7%
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You might see them as freakish alienesque creatures, or maybe you know that they’re adorable, affectionate, sweater-wearing companions who are less likely to make you sneeze, but you probably didn’t know that hairless kitties originated right here in Toronto, in 1966, when Riyadh Bawa, a University of Toronto student, enlisted the help of a rare hairless cat named Prune in developing a breed of hairless partly-hypoallergenic cats called the Sphynx. As a tribute to these odd-but-lovable felines, we brewed this hazy IPA with Phantasm powder (extracted from Sauvignon grapes), delivering bold, fruit-forward flavours, supported by a tasty malt backbone and a pleasantly balanced bitter finish.

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Tasting Notes

  • OG: 16.5
  • FG: 3.5
  • IBU: 42
  • Colour SRM: 6
  • ABV: 7%
  • Carbonation: 2.40 (medium low)
  • Clarity: Hazy
  • Malt: 2-Row, Golden Naked Oats, Flaked Oats, Acidulated, Carapils
  • Hops: Cascade, Citra, Bru-1, Riwaka
  • Yeast: Esc. Labs Thiol Libre Yeast
  • Appearance: Very Hazy, deep golden yellow, thin white head
  • Aroma: Brilliant pineapple, fresh tangerine, slight grassiness, pear
  • Taste: Spicy hops, orange peel, pineapple, mild pithiness a bit of breakfast cereal maltiness
  • Mouthfeel: Round, smooth and creamy, medium-full body, lingering bitterness with supportive carbonation
  • Overall Impression: A bold, fruit-forward hop blast with a supportive cereal malt and a pleasantly balanced bitter finish
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