Espèce | Brasserie Bas-Canada

Score: 87/100 - Great

From a 473ml can served cool at 9 degrees Celsius into a TeKu glass. Canned on 13/01/2023 - making this just over a week young.

I picked up the can from a local specialty store a few days ago along with a handful of other trendy IPAs.

Another Bas-Canada hazy IPA added to the list. I've had this beer once before and I really liked it. Truth be told, when I picked up the can, I forgot about my previous date with Espèce. At least now we get to have an in-depth look at it.

Appearance (4/6)

The beer pours a murky pale gold (greenish tint) with 4cm of dense, creamy, off-white head which dissipates into a craggy cap within 4+ minutes. Exceptional lacing with great head retention. I don't love the hue and the degree of opaqueness.

Aroma (24/24)

Strong intensity with great balance. The aroma is punchy and powerfully hop-forward.

Big ripe tropical fruit (mango) and citrus (grapefruit) character lead the way. Woody pine, mild herbs, and noticeable aniseed quality add layers and help with balance. Mild crackery malt rounds out any edges.

The dry nose is strong and hoppy with notes of citrus, pine, grain, a hint of spice (aniseed), and mild sweaty tones.

Flavour (35/40)

Follows the aroma with strong intensity, great balance, and pronounced perceived bitterness.

The vibrant palate opens up with salted citrus rind and juicy mango sweetness - making way for a sharper center where woody pine and mild herbal/grassy tones along with mild aniseed spice join the tropical-citrusy vibes. A pinch of salt and very low crackery malt at the back.

The long finish is strong and sharp-ish with notes of grapefruit pith, mild grass, a bit of pine, aniseed, aspirin, and low crackery malt.

Mouthfeel (8/10)

Full body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp yet creamy and mouth-coating with restrained alcohol warming and a medium-dry finish. There's a moderate hop-derived astringency but it still misses the mark of turning acrid on the palate.

Overall (16/20)

Bas-Canada's Espèce is a great hazy DIPA.

The appearance is not my favourite; it has that milky quality and a green-ish tint that just doesn't sit right with me. Outstanding foam quality. Superb aroma - tremendously vibrant with intense fruitiness. The palate follows with massive character but it fails to reach perfection. There's too much salt, shades of crushed aspirin, and grassy tones that take away from the drinking experience. The mouthfeel starts off rich and creamy, packing quite a bit of impact. However, with gained temperature, the astringency bumps up and diminishes drinkability too much.

Overall, Bas-Canada's Espèce is a beer worth trying if you're into hazy IPAs. The sheer amount of hop-flavour is commendable, but the beer lacks finesse and drinkability and is certainly not part of the brewery's best.

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