Godspeed – Shizumu IPA (355ml)
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West Coast IPA
Godspeed Brewery owner and head brewer Luc “Bim” Lafontaine cut his teeth homebrewing in the 1990’s, and then eventually became the brewmaster at Monteal’s famous Dieu du Ciel! brewery. After leaving Montreal to live in Japan and open his own brewery, Lafontaine was caught between red tape and the pull of coming home, so he came back to Canada and opened Godspeed in 2015.
Lafontaine is striving to craft beers of simplicity and finesse that express the cardinal flavor of their ingredients. He draws inspiration from traditional Czech brewing and Japanese cuisine, prizing above all the keen attention and care required to allow each element to articulate itself as a discrete part of the composition. When it comes to Godspeed beers, an “inspiration first” approach is taken; each release its own capstone after many years of travel, collaboration, experimentation, and personal growth. The beer portfolio is intentionally eclectic, running the gamut from bright hoppy pale ales, to classic malt-driven lagers, to bubbly and acerbic saisons. At Godspeed, great pride is taken in honouring centuries-old brewing traditions while putting their own stamp on a variety of styles, often with the help of expressive Japanese ingredients.
In recent years, Lafontaines deepening ties to Czechia have sparked an insatiable desire to brew authentic Czech-style lagers of great distinction.
Shizumu (meaning: drowning) pours crystalline clear and is brimming with classic American hop character (Chinook, Cascade, and Mosaic) by way of orange pith, passion fruit, and pleasant pine. Expect a clean hop bitterness and balanced malt backbone to cull these complementary flavours into a succinct delight.
West Coast IPA is the oldest and original style of the “American IPA” family. It is brewed to be clear, intentionally assertively bitter, and to showcase American hop varieties in abundance. The addition of some caramel malts helps provide subtle sticky resinous mouthfeel that is balanced with dank, herbal, and citrus notes.