Review: Brasserie Dunham - Leo's Early Breakfast IPA

Alright, alright.  The last few reviews have been on the darker end of the spectrum so I decided to post a review of an IPA.  This time I'm taking a look at another Québec microbrewery: Brasserie Dunham. 

I picked this up at - you guessed it - Bières du Monde in Aylmer, just like the last few Québec microbrews I've had the pleasure of reviewing.  It's an IPA that weighs in at 6.2% and comes in a 341mL bottle.  One interesting note is that it is brewed with Earl Grey tea.

It pours a hazy amber/orange with a foamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. 

The aroma's interesting.  You definitely get notes of the tea but they're blended in with citrusy tones, light caramel malts and floral hops.   This makes me want to drink it.

My first impression of the flavor is disappointment.  Where's the Earl Grey?  All I'm getting is citrus fruitiness (grapefruit and orange mostly,) hops and pine.  After the first sip, though, that changes and disappointment quickly fades away.  The tea really starts to come out and blends in with the previously mentioned tasting notes.  Very, very well balanced.  This is definitely not a "hop-forward" IPA.

The mouthfeel is clean and feels medium bodied leaving very little in an aftertaste.  Carbonation is on par with what you'd expect from an IPA. 

Overall, this is a great IPA.  The Earl Grey is a nice twist.  Brasserie Dunham shows us that you don't need to punch someone in the face with hops and leave them sanding their tongue with a belt sander to make a great IPA.   4/5

-James