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Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition

A happy marriage

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

9th Sep 2020

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  • Finish
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I've recently gotten into IPAs (Indian, not Irish), so this bottling had a certain appeal to me, even though I was hardly taken with the Stout Edition.

On the nose I'm liking this already: creamy caramel on a bed of prickly hops. Aromatic notes of pine and citrus zest. Grapefruit. Nosed blind, I might mistake this for some sort of cognac, come to think of it. Sweet, fruity and herbal. Nice and complex for a young blend.

It follows through on the palate with those slightly sharp flavours from the hops augmenting the smooth triple-distilled Jameson character. Good medium-bodied mouthfeel leads into that pine and grapefruit flavour bolstered by some oak. The finish is short and slightly bitter, with some more cognac-like notes lingering.

This happy marriage of IPA and Irish whiskey has produced a dram which manages to be more than the sum of its parts. Easy-drinking, yet with more than enough character to interest and entice. I can see myself buying this again.

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2 comments

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

I had a bottle of the stout edition, as I'm into big, heavy stouts. I wasn't very impressed, I guess I was hoping for something with a bit more body and richness, but it is triple distilled so maybe I should not have expected that. I would try this one, but IPA's are waaay too hoppy for me.

14 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@casualtorture

On reflection, this one could be mistaken for a rye. The integration of hops and grain seems natural enough, and the bitterness is fairly well-controlled.

2 days ago 1Who liked this?

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