Tasted Friday April 24. 640ml Bottle, 7.9% Alc/Vol.
With 60 IBU’s this is no slouch in the bitterness department. Packed with Australian hops (Galaxy and Super Pride), and American (Simcoe and Sterling). The malt part contains Munich and carapil malts. Highly polished copper red in colour, with a bubbly, creamy fast dissipating head leaving a small lacing through the rest of the glass.
The style of beer is supposedly a blend of an IPA and Barley Wine. Intense hoppy flavours combined with rich, sweet malt character and high alcohol suggests this is the case. The palate is rich, sweet and full, but surprisingly light-footed. There is a freshness and acid content that prevents this beer from becoming cloying. Fruit esters (burnt orange), boiled toffee and a sharp citrus tang (orange or lemon zest?), malt, and intense lingering bitterness.
There is alcohol warmth but it’s not spirity. I like this beer and it will it will age. How long? Maybe 2-4 years.
The first aroma experienced with this impressive ale, is that of pineapple, followed with a strong array of other tropical fruit esters mixed with a strong but sweet aroma of hops. There was also a hint of yeast lingering in the glass.
With a deep red, yet clear copper colour this ale has nearly perfect head retention of a creamy ivory colour. There seemed to be near perfect lacing upon the walls of the carafes it was served in.
It appears that multiple varieties of fresh hops have been used in this brew, providing a uniquely strong bitter flavour, that is well complemented by the alcohol. The strong hop flavours are quickly drowned out by a strong malt flavoured after taste.
There wasn’t a lot of carbonation in this beer which was surprising given its head retention, however, this mild carbonation seems to have allowed for a smoother medium bodied beer.
After consuming this beer I was quite surprised at the lack of sediment present in the carafes, which one would typically associate with a beer of this calibre.
Overall I was quite impressed with this ale and would quite happily consume it on a daily basis given half the chance.