Beer – #343 – Emelisse – Smoked Rye IPA

Two in a row from this brewery then , this one the an Emelisse Smoked Rye IPA (Innovation Serie)

330ml bottle of a 6.25 ABV beer being 1.61 standard drinks in NZ, 186 calories and 55 IBU things.

Brewed by Brouwerij Emelisse in the style of either a smoked or an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they didn’t move in the last few minutes from Kamperland, Netherlands



An IPA brewed with 20% Rye malt and 10% Weyermann Smoke malts. Simcoe and Cascade Hops.

The Smoked Rye IPA is a beer in the Emelisse Innovation Serie’s

Light smoke on opening.

An orange pour with a small and firm lasting head.

The smoked notes are lesser in the glass, but they are there.

Peaty smokey taste with this, the peat is lasting and all present. I guess you could mix peat and smoke, I’ll switch to smoke for the rest of this.

So a smokey backbone in this, with little bitterness up-front and a short finish. Lots of carbonation on the tongue.

Emelisse Smoked Rye IPAThere’s a few things going on in this, some of them are not adding to the whole.

The carbonation gives you a sense of drinking soda water, the taste really isn’t strong enough to carry that amount of bubbles.

The smokey note though is there and present and lasting, it give you a full finish, even if the bitterness doesn’t.

The pdubyah-o-meter says this is a 6 on the scale of all arbitrary things.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Except that there are really some very very good smoked,  whiskey, peat beers and this isn’t one of them.

The Double Dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? not as much as you’d think
  2. Would I have another? Nope
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Nope


The classic smoked beers hail from Bamberg in Franconia, Germany. These are made using malt that has been smoked over beechwood. The insistent smokiness may be applied to any lager style. In North America, the same technique has been used to make smoked porter. Whiskey malt beers are made using peat-smoked malt.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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Beer – #342 – Emelisse – TIPA

Always keen to try something new, from somewhere new.

Tonight then,  Emelisse – TIPA, brewed by Brouwerij Emelisse, in the style of an  Imperial/Double IPA and they do that in Kamperland, Netherlands.

This 330ml bottle has an a ABV of  10%  which translates to a measure of  2.6 Standard Drinks in NZ, and 300 calories in this. This is also 103 in the IBU scale.



A massive Triple IPA, Brewed with Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops. White Labs WLP 001 yeast. Double is sometimes not enough. Besides the double India Pale Ale is now also the Triple IPA developed. And yes, that means that there are three times as many hops is used as usual. Take a sturdy chair, sit back and enjoy …

Not overly hoppy on opening this, more caramel sweet. Pours a really cloudy hazelnut brown with a small and disappearing head.

Much stronger hop aroma in the glass. Sour hops on the palate, but with quite a strong sweet backbone,  finishes to something approaching dry which sparks up the back edges for the tongue.

An intriguing beer this.

Emelisse TIPAA mix of sweet, sour, hoppy, under-carbonated, and dry finishing, but not all-in-all unpleasing, but not something that isn’t raising an eyebrow, at least not in admiration.

A confusion is what this really is, and the pdubyah-o-meter thinks that this rates as a 6 on the scale of things. As it warms it gets more hop alive in the mouth, and the sweetness takes a bit of a step back, making this a slightly more aggressive beer on the palate.

The Double Dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Nor so much.
  • Would I have another? Not of this but I have another in the fridge
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Nope.

Tonight is kind of a Rufus Wainwright – New York State of Mind / Piano Man kind of night;


Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.

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A night out with Billy Connolly

Had the occasion to go to a concert venue with about 10,000 others to see 2 hours of Billy Connolly.

This is the second time that I’ve been to see him, the last time a few years ago when he last came to NZ.

It’s appears to have been a long time and with age does not come enhancement. He is now 71, and for me, he’s now showing his age, he’s slower, more ponderous, much whiter of hair and he looked, well, a bit tired and weary of body.

Hey yes he has Parkinson’s Disease and has had occasion to be treated for Prostrate Cancer, but he seemed to be at pains to assure people that he could remember things,  even in his trademark rambling story-telling narrative.

Which he did on a number of occasions, and often checking his stage notes that he now appears with, it’s understandable given his show that a aid memoir would be handy.

There wasn’t much ‘new’ in this show, he seems to wistfully reminisce on the past and sometimes with fury and hatred of his childhood,  he harks back to his early life and early career. A bit about heckling and how it’s pointless, and 5 minute story on swearing.

It was funny in places, but it wasn’t constantly funny, and often he spoke to a silent house.

I missed the giggling, the frenetic enthusiasm that he had in the past, the rich story telling that you could picture in your mind’s eye. I missed the big Billy Connolly of old.

It was a quick hour and 50 minutes of a show, but the light is dimmer, the power waning, the fans still ardent and the love still very obvious.

I’m glad  and sad that I went, a bittersweet evening.


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Beer- #341 – Port Brewing – Wipeout

Hopefully back on the wining track with this, from Port Brewing  a Wipeout IPA.

Brewed by Port Brewing/Lost Abbey in the style of an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in the fine city of San MarcosCalifornia USA.

650ml (22 oz) bottle of a 7% ABV beer, making it about 3.58 standard drink units in NZ, the bottle contains about 385 calories, or 210 per serve.



With 78 IBUs. Our version of a West Coast IPA- brewed in the San Diego style. This massively hoppy beer gets its flavor and attitude from no less than five hop varieties including Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Summit.

This one is dedicated to everyone who has gotten up at the butt crack of dawn, headed towards the shores and found it 4-6 feet and offshore only to find 30 of your \buddies\” have already claimed the peak. As you paddle out…

Brewed to celebrate anyone and everyone who has ever paddled into the best wave of the day only to blow it and Wipeout in a blaze of glory. Our version of a West Coast IPA brewed with a measure of heavy handed San Diego dry hopping.

Spent a few moments trying to delete a full-stop in a sentence, turned out it was a diet spot on the screen.

Port Brewing - WipeoutHeady burst of grassy hops on opening, and also a sweetness.  Pale cloudy hazy yellow golden poor with an ice-cream soda head, which luckily settles a little but is still present, settling under its own weight.

Deliciously sweet and bitter. Seriously caramel. Nicely so.

The bitterness in this is very very understated. 78 IBU is at the top end for IPA style beer but you’d never pick it, or at least I couldn’t.

Lovely bunch of floral under-notes in this making it a bit of a delightful pint.

The pdubyah-o-meter then rates this as a very enjoyable 8  on the arbitrary scale of things, making this very good in the scheme of things.

IBU GuideIt is not a 9 or 10 though, I think that it’s a bit well behaved for an IPA, and although it has some bitter bite it is somewhat over-awed by the sweetness in this, That and this doesn’t really have a long finish. It’s just a very good beer done very well

Did I learn from the first pour that this is with great head, of course not!

The double-dip review….

  1. Am I enjoying it? oh yes.
  2. Would I have another? I would probably love another.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think that this would drink well over a tall story or two.

Being how it’s Sunday I was listening to music from Five-Storey Ensemble.



India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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Beer – #340 – St. Austell – Clouded Yellow

The final of the 3 that I have   - St. Austell Clouded Yellow - obviously brewed by St. Austell this one however in the Style of a : Belgian White (Witbier) and they are in the romantically named St. Austell, England.

500ml bottle of a 4.8% ABV beer – making it 144 calories a serving, and 1.89 standard drinks in NZ.

Pale yellow in color and naturally conditioned in the bottle, the beer may be poured cloudy by gently swirling the last few inches to rouse the natural yeast sediment.

Grumpy looking

Grumpy looking

Alternatively, clear beer can be decanted carefully leaving the yeast behind. Either way serve cool in a tall glass for a superbly refreshing wheat beer of character and individuality. Only natural ingredients are used including our own supply of exceptionally soft Cornish spring water. Malted wheat produces a beer with a citrus tang which has been delicately flavoured with whole spices and vanilla. The combination of flavors is brought alive by gently sweetening with pure organic maple syrup.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt, whaet malt. Willamette hops. Vanilla pods, cloves, coriander, maple syrup.

I really don’t have much hope for this, and I’m a big fan of the Belgium beer

St. Austell - Clouded YellowI get a bananas as the aroma on opening, what’s with that!. Cloudy pale yellow poor with an immediately disappearing head, although it sounds like it is well carbonated.

Aroma settles to something more nondescript.

This is really really average. It’s really really thin and tastes is of nothing so much as cold water with some undefined chemical thrown in.

So I’m not enjoying it then :-)

Said though, this isn’t undrinkable, and on checking it is past it’s best before, but not so much that it would the disaster that is in my glass.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a please avoid - 3 - on the scale of arbitrary, which is at the high end of avoid, and lower than below average.

  1. Am I enjoying it?  yeah, na.
  2. Would I have another?  yeah, na, no more of this beersie for me
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I’d give it to an enemy and run away….

and in reference to the no more beersies this :


Belgian style wheat beers are very pale, opaque, with the crisp character of wheat, plus the citric refreshment of orange peel and coriander. Ingredients sometimes also include oats for smoothness, and other spices such as grains of paradise. Serve with light cheeses or mussels.

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Beer – #339 – St. Austell – Tribute (Bottle)

Going the double then - St. Austell Tribute – obviously brewed by St. Austell this one however in the Style of a : Bitter and they are in the romantically named St. Austell, England.

500 ml bottle of a 4.2$ ABV beer – 120 calories in the bottle -  in NZ this is 1.66 standard drinks.

Of course being Tribute I did my own tribute and  Googled it – St Austell named for  Austol – a  6th-century Cornish holy man who lived for much of his life in Brittany.

He was a companion of Saint Méen in the foundation of the Saint-Méen Abbey in Brittany. Meven is said to have been his godfather. The parish and town of St Austell in Cornwall is named in his honour. He is regarded as a saint, with a Breton feast day of 28 June and a Cornish one of the Thursday of Whitsun.

St. Austell - Tribute (Bottle)St. Austell’s most sought after ale is available as a 500ml bottled beer. It’s perfectly balanced flavour retains much of the cask versions unique hoppy palate and citrusy nose. An ale to savour and a real Cornish ambassador. Rapidly becoming “the” Cornish Premium Ale, this great beer can now be enjoyed outside of the county of Cornwall. Many supermarkets take Tribute, enabling those who enjoy drinking at home to enjoy the true taste of Cornwall.

This has a strong bready note on opening,  Pours more orange yellow and not what was I expecting which was perhaps a dark beer (dark label therefore…. )  Head fades away quickly.

Aroma just british bitter yeasty bread.

Underwhelmed is what I am, aside from this having more malt in the backbone there isn’t anything that you’d tip your hat to.

The pdubyah-o-meter says again 5. Average.  But that this makes commercial sense must mean that they know their market.

I wish I’d picked something else in my fridge to be honest.

  • Am I enjoying it? Not at all
  • Would I have another?  No.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  No, not even for it’s inoffensiveness.


A gold to copper color, low carbonation and medium to high bitterness. Hop flavor and aroma may be non-existent to mild. Great to drink with steak and lobster.

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Beer – #338 – St. Austell – Proper Job (Bottle)

Sunday beer time.  I’m just looking forward to an average beer to be honest.

Bottle Conditioned Proper Pour – Brewed by St. Austell This one then is in the Style of an  American Pale Ale  and they brew that in St. Austell, England

Bottle of 5.5% ABV beer, 500ml (pint-ish), in NZ thats 2.1 standard drinks in NZ,  and 165 calories per serve or about 220-ish for the bottle.

St. Austell - Proper Job

First brewed in December 2005 for the St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival.

Ingredients:Cornish Spring water and malt made from 100% Cornish grown Maris Otter barley. Cascade, Chinook and Willmette hops.

Proper Job is dedicated to the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment who stoutly defended their garrison during the Indian Mutiny in 1857-58. In recognition of a ‘Proper Job’, Queen Victoria awarded the 32nd the honour of becoming a Light Infantry Regiment.

St. Austell - Proper JobLight, clear and refreshing with an assertive hop bitterness, Proper Job IPA is based on a traditional IPA recipe which makes it perfect for long, hot summer days.”

Unexciting opening, familiar sour note, Pours ok yellow orange with a decent head that persists. Aroma still muted.

Expectation met. This does not appear to have anything special or interesting in the palate that would make me write things.

All in all though this does not set my world on fire. I drank it briskly though, but ended up feeling that it finished towards the sour on the palate, which isn’t a good thing.

The pdubyah-o-meter would say 5 making this average. I wouldn’t turn this down if I was offered it as a beer at a party, you could be taken in by the up front boast on the label. But there are beers with more flavours and better defined that this. But it was Sunday and I was thirsty.

Am I enjoying it? Not enough
Would I have another? Not today no, probably not again
Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Bizarrely this is a beer you could share though and have a chat over, it’s inoffensive and un-challenging and would not distract the conversation.

I have Neil Young playing in the background – Live from the Cellar Door. It’s way better than the beer


American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads.

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Beer – #337 – Panhead – Trekken

I ease myself into the Saturday evening with this a Panhead – Trekken- a Saison beer.

Brewed by Panhead Custom Ales , this one in the Style of a  Saison and they’re in Upper Hutt, New Zealand



Fruity, sweet nose with hay and grassy hints. Fabulously bitter with a nice banana malt finish

This is a new-world approach to the Saison style, throwing in hops like Citra and Sorachi Ace and others.

A 500ml bottle of a 6% ABV beer, 180 calories a serving (240-ish for the bottle),  and this is 2.37 standard drink units in NZ.

Worse thing about this beer, the dark text on dark background making it almost unreadable.

Panhead - Trekken1Real grassy hop aroma on opening, as it does with a firm hiss. Very lively in the glass, golden pour with a reasonable and persistent head.

Unusual palate this, the familiar musty dusty saison style, but this has a fair amount of sweetness too.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a  6.5 on the scale of arbitrary, which is average to good in my mind.

For me this dialled up in hops by aroma, and not necessarily in the palate. It is however dangerously drinkable and this has disappeared with ay too much ease. Obviously then there is a taste point in this that ticks my button.

I should like this more, but I’m left feeling that this is too light in body for my taste. I like the flavours that it develops though. I probably need another to be more accurate

The double dip review questions

  1. Am I enjoying it?  It’s refreshing and quaffable
  2. Would I have another? Probably not, it finishes towards dry.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not this one no.

I was watching the sportsball on the teevee, the local team is getting a serve, so I changed to music. and Rogue Wave the album Permalight — Good Morning


Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Clarity is good with a large foamy head on top. The addition of several spices and herbs create a complex fruity or citrusy flavor. Light to medium bodied with very high carbonation. Alcohol level is medium to high.

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Beer – #336 – ParrotDog – Pitbull

I have low expectation for this - ParrotDog Pitbull American IPA – it rates poorly and despite a really strong start it has all gone wrong since for me this evening.

Brewed by ParrotDog Brewing this in the style of an  India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in the all happening Wellington, New Zealand.

Delivered as a Bottle of  7.0% ABV beer in a 330 ml bottle, 1.8 standard drinks, 210 calories…. nothing to see here…

the selfie

the selfie

How quickly and easily America forgets its heroes. Owned by three American presidents and given the highest military honours of any other breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a very misunderstood dog. It was even used at America’s canine military mascot during the First World War. However, it’s own extreme power and aggressiveness – which ultimately led to its much less-than-favourable status in today’s society – cannot be underestimated. And neither can this beer. PitBull has a huge, pungent American-hopped aroma that leaps out of an equally sized rich, golden malt base. The finish is very bitter. This is our most aggressive beer yet in terms of malt, hop and alcohol levels – you’ve been warned

PD PBThey say.

Lots go green hops in the aroma, thats a wake up call! Lots of carbonation and lively head that you can hear full of bubbles, and it persists too!

Sweet hop aroma in the glass too, nice chestnut brown pour.


Well, yes and not. I burped the hop burp which is a good sign I think

Focus on the taste. It’s grassy, dry all over but with not much length and edges out your tongue which isn’t a good thing. This is a beer that you’ll need to recover or finish from. I’m not actually sure I’d like to finish like this.

Overly dry finish then for the front palate delivery, some sweetness up front but it’s a bit compressed and try-hard.

Aroma is magnificent thought, not after-shave worthy but I might be tempted.

Pdubyah-o-meter rating this averagely at 7 , I can’t help what the random thing says. It’s a tough field to play in, and this plays hard and fair but doesn’t have the game face.

I finish the evening on a bit of an upper though as this is  bit challenging instead of being on the run. The aroma promises a bunch of hop bitterness which as the beer warms begins to deliver in the glass, but it really is compressed.


There was Foodage earlier. Like 4 beers into the evening, Anyway earlier we had this feast and I had Eileen Jewel on the iPod, it’s not everyones taste, the music that is

A Lamb Jalfrezi, the lamb having been marinaded all day, fried and then the things added, it was bit a bit good

Chicken thigh Masala , which was really nice

Chick pean and other vegetable nonsense things, this was startlingly good!

Paratha flat breads, rice, and background music, conversation… but I chose Eileen Jewel, it’s not everyones taste

Or the mournful ,,



India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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