2 Crows – Pollyanna IPA (473ml)
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New England IPALeans heavily on late, dry hopping techniques to deliver a bursting juicy, tropical hop experience. Learn More
2 Crows Brewing Co. was formed by husband and wife duo Mark and Kelly Huizink and brewmaster Jeremy Taylor. With an aim to get people thinking about craftsmanship, where their beer is coming from and the various characteristics that make beer memorable. 2 Crows has become a staple in the Nova Scotian craft beer scene, making one of the most wide arrays of beer styes in the province. From simple everyday lagers, to lush hop-bomb IPA’s, smoothie fruit sours, and an impressive range of barrel aged and mixed fermentation beer. 2 Crows literally has something for everyone.
Pouring hazy deep orange and packed with heady aromas of topical fruits, citrus juice, herbs, and stone fruits. The palate is full bodied with rich flavours that mimic the aromas, a moderate carbonation and firm bitterness keep everything in check.
Pollyanna is brewed with a touch of oats to give an extra creamy mouthfeel, coupled with the intense amounts of dry hopping with American hop varieties. This beer is all about huge tropical hop notes and a dense soft mouthfeel, it would all be a mess without bitterness to balance everything out – luckily there’s lots of bitterness, too.
From one of my favourite local breweries and I have yet to try a beer from them that didn’t surprise me the best way; Pollyanna is no exception. I opened this beer, anticipating a dry-hopped, piney, and tropical explosion. Instead, I was met with a very balanced, relatively mild, and easy-drinking IPA. Off the glass floats aromas of dried apricot and lemon zest; the palate is round, smooth, and only slightly tropical, with a pleasantly bitter backbone. I often refer to beers with high ABV that don’t taste as strong as they are as “sneaky,” and this sneaky beer has earned its place among the more interesting IPAs I have tried.