I was thinking of posting again on the response to, you know, the movie but Stephen Beaumont has said it perfectly: "the craft beer market and its adherents are now confident enough and mature enough to handle both reading and writing criticism of something obviously intended for their consumption."
I think I can agree with that. Craft beer has achieved that sort of place and pace in the market over a number of years that would be pretty hard to unseat. Granville Island is a good example of that solid steady success with Brockton IPA celebrating their 25th anniversary. I last had one of their beers about ten years ago due to the national retailing nuttiness in Canada that particularly limits craft beer from 3,500 km to my west from filling my glass.
Happily, the good folks at Granville Island sent a sample and I am all the richer for it. It is a 6% malty gem. But not a hop bomb. It pours a bright smoked amber under white frothy head. A pretty soft mouthful, which I always like in an IPA, with great texture: pale malt graininess, jagged but well controlled twiggy and piney bittering hops. Sultana raisin and maybe even green grape in the malt sweetness. The finish is lighter and richly smooth with a long seam of bitter that stays behind.
Plenty of BAer respect.