The Numbskull is an Imperial IPA from The Lighthouse Brewing Company that is part of their uncharted series of limited release beers. At 9.1% alcohol this is a big, and surely intense brew. Pouring a clear, golden-amber colour, a thick finger of head tops the glass leaving a lace residue behind. The smell coming off this incredibly strong beer is of alcohol, strong northwest hops, tropical fruit and a touch of sweetness. The flavour is big on the hops and fruit making for a floral yet hoppy brew. The alcohol flavour is actually quite mild given the ABV rating and the beer is overall quite pleasant. The big fruit tones up front fade into a lightly sweet, caramel bitterness on the finish. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very strong beer but not as over the top as one may expect. In fact, I am a fan of this Vancouver Island Brew – drink with caution but none-the-less be sure to drink!
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