Scallywag IPA by Drifter

Name: Scallywag IPA
Brewery: Drifter Brewing Company
Country: Cape Town, South Africa
Style: India Pale Ale 
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Do you guys know about Drifter? I certainly didn’t until I tasted their “Cape Town Blonde” (great beer by the way) about 18 months ago. They’ve been busy in their brewery though because they’ve released 3 more beers that are all doing really well. They have their Stranded Coconut, The Legend Lager and this Scallywag IPA.

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The Scallywag was the only beer in the Drifter stable that I hadn’t tried yet, so when I found one in this month’s League of Beer mixed case I was over the moon. If this IPA was brewed like the rest of the Drifter beers, we were in for a treat.

When I poured it I got a strong kick of grapefruit on the nose. It pours deep gold with frothy, white head and is really well carbonated. I like it when an IPA is well carbed, it really helps with the mouthfeel and enhances those bitter flavours. I was really impressed with the head retention too. All too often beers pour beautifully but the head dissipates after a few sips.

When I tasted it I immediately got a slightly sweet upfront maltiness which ended off being dank and bitter. It’s not an overly bitter beer, which is a little deceiving from the aroma. There’s a fair amount of citrus notes in there, mainly grapefruit. It comes in at 6% ABV and 60 IBU, which in this day and age makes it very sessionable. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It’s almost a pity it doesn’t come in 440ml.

It tastes like “I want more”. Helluva nice beer. Wish I didn’t have to share :-p

 

 

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