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West Cork IPA Cask-Finished, 40%

Price: $33 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

With Ireland's proud heritage of brewing, no wonder distillers are experimenting: The barrels used here come courtesy of Blacks of Kinsale. The nose is subtle and delivers a fresh spiciness, with warm bread on a bakery shelf, stacked American oak staves, and a characteristic green hoppiness. Honey sweetness, citrus peel, lime zest, cereal, pepper, and ginger, then some late dark berry notes and fig before peppery spices thunder through the finish. (9,400 bottles)