KelSo Beer Company
from United States (New York)
Highest RatedImperial IPA (46 / 100) Average score46 / 100 (Not Great)
Lowest RatedImperial IPA (46 / 100) Number Tried1
Imperial IPA
Reviewed by Jez on 05.02.19 from a can
Overall:
46 / 100
(Not Great)
12oz can purchased at St. Gambrinus in Brooklyn.

Pours a solid orange colour, deeper than you get in the new wave of hazy IPAs, but it is still hazy nonetheless, forming a cloudy mass in the body which prevents light escaping. Head is a fine cap of white that persists as a film. Minimal lacing. Carbonation is also pretty shy. Looks decent enough.

Nose is weirdly malty—I suspect it's from the Maris Otter they use in the grist, which gives more of a sweet, malt-forward character. The hops are a little bit flat, and given there's no freshness date on the can, I suspect it might just be because it's old. The booze is hidden well at least, but overall, it's a bit unexciting.

Taste matches what you expect from the nose. There's a grassiness to it, which I think comes from the combo of that strong malt note and slightly tired hops. It is fairly light and smooth though, and there's not really at all a hint of the booze, which is an unexpected pleasure. But it's certainly lacking a fair bit of complexity, and I'm overall a bit underwhelmed.

Yeah, it's not a great beer, and when it's trying to compete with all of the great beers in the area, it's a bit of a downer. I don't mind it, and I could drink it. But when there's many many other better options, why should I?
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | drinkability: 2.75