Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo IPA

If you’ve been reading my blog you may have noticed a while ago I did a round up of Belgian IPAs. Unfortunately, Great Lakes had not released this one yet and I didn’t know they were going to. This one came out earlier this Summer as a seasonal release. Like most Belgian IPAs, the thing that makes it a Belgian IPA is the combination of flavors from using Belgian yeast with high alpha acid hops that have that bright hop bite characteristic of American IPAs. When I did the round up I noticed a lot of variation even just with those variables at play. You can still use different hops, you could add more or less. You might even use different malts that will add some variation to the flavor. I would say this one was the best I can remember trying. It tasted the most similar to the actual Belgian IPAs I tried, like Houblon Chouffe. The flavor starts to taste like a very nice Tripel, but midway through the flavor you start to notice a subtle, not overpowering, piney hop flavor. This is also a fairly big beer at 8.2% ABV, but tastes like a light summer lawnmower beer. I really liked this one a lot and would seek it out and have it again. Four out of five proper pints.

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