Airdale Brewing Co. The Angry Panda Review

Airdale Brewing Company The Angry Panda

“San Diego Brewery” Airdale, (actually brewed locally in Irvine) recently had to shut down its doors but that doesn’t mean they didn’t make good beer. Early last June, I walked into my local beer store, BottleCraft, looking for something interesting, something new, and really just something delicious. Store owner, Brian, made the great recommendation to try a new Imperial Red that they’d just started carrying called The Angry Panda. I took his suggestion and subsequently fell in love. This is my review.

Brewery: Airdale Brewing Company

Name: The Angry Panda

Style: Imperial Red Ale

ABV: 9%

IBU: 77

Look: Ruby color with a light off white head.

Smell: Hop presence covers up just about everything else with it’s earthy aromas. Slight bit of caramel mixes in with the hops but is still relatively subdued for a considerably dark brew.

Taste: The huge hop bill is surprsingly balanced by the sweet malt. It’s flavor really comes out as it warms so let this one sit for a half hour or so before finishing your glass. Once the hops fade away, notes of dark fruits, cherry, raisin and cranberry emerge as the sip tails off.

Feel: Resinous and sticky on the palate but not to the point of feeling heavy. This consistency helps keep the flavors around long enough to let’s the beers high IBU really kick your tongue to your ass, satisfying any true hop head.

Philippe Gagnon is the founder and writer for Craft Beer Culture. Currently residing in Orange County, California, you can find him at the local brewery drinking craft beer or online through FacebookTwitter, and .

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