Just like you, but different
Ok a few apostrophes in this, the Harrington’s Brewers’ Selection IAPA. Brewed by Harringtons Breweries (Christchurch) in the style of a American Pale Ale and they are of course based in shaky Christchurch, New Zealand
Imperial American Ale Style. unpasteurized Bottle Fermented. Should balance up against any spicy food type. Or in my case, a small packet of Pringles. Described as a “Newish style”, Golden, possibly cloudy, sweet to the nose, aroma of bread and malt. So a bit to work with.
Just for the bottle packaging alone is why I wanted to try this. All blue and little font in the apothecary style which I though was a bit appealing If I was being honest. Which I am, mostly, if not always to myself. Mostly though I’ve avoided the Harrington label because of averageness.
On opening – sweet and inviting. Its darker than I would have thought, more golden syrup golden. Not a lot by way of head to speak of, but it settles to a film. There is a bread / yeast note in this that is more apparent as it warms a bit.
There is a lot of malt sweetness and a mad fruit aroma, it’s very sweet, and a bit underdone and tart on the edges. There is an over-riding aroma, strong malt, like a Belgium Abby or Tripel beer might have. It does not sit like an IAPA., and I could easily confuse the two. Which means either I know nothing about beer styles and tastes, probable, or this isn’t a good delivery of an iAPA.
The pdubyah-o-meter, rating this as an IAPA, comes up with a whopping 5 average and disappointing. Too malty, no other taste layer, nothing on the front, nothing on the back. Re-pack this as a tribute to Belgium beers and I’d think it was the shiz.
A big thing, on reflection is that this a strong beer at 9.5% ABV, and that just reinforces my bias towards it being mislabelled as there is nothing in this that suggests headache if you have, or could stomach 2 or 3.
Resulting in me having a lot of self doubt and angst, about how I’m drinking and understanding a beer.
To recap though… Want a Fine Belgium Style tribute ale – Top heavy caramel\malt beer with a seeming alcohol edge, ace, As an IAPA, sadface