Just like you, but different
So the last of the christmas beers. A Renaissance Voyager India Pale Ale.
Familiar 500ml bottle of a 6% ABV beer, making it 2.4 standard rinks units, 180 calories a serving too.
Designed first and foremost to be served on beer engines and in the future as a cask or bottle conditioned ale, this beer is inspired by the boldly hoppy Ales of old that were exported from Britain to the furthest corners of her vast and glorious empire, Voyager I.P.A. is a rich satisfying Ale with an emphatic hop bite.
It is brewed with pale ale malt from Canterbury, and small additions of European specialty malts to yield a malt base on which to build its hop edifice.
We generously hop it with two Kiwi hop varieties for bitterness then finish it with Fuggles (as a nod to I.P.A.’s British origin) and New Zealand bred Riwaka hops for a spicy floral finish.
Burst of hop grassiness on opening
Colour of the beer you can see it orange golden, the head is 2/3 of the glass and fully aerated and bubbles. It’s just bubbles. Who wants to drink bubbles, and not the champagne ones either, I like those.
So I get sourness, and oliness as taste sensations. The Sourness I can put to a hop characteristic though. The beer is cloudy and doesn’t settle, it’s like there is a party going on in the glass for bubbles only.
I don’t like the sourness, but that’s not it’s not a character of the beer, I’m sure it is, it’s not one that floats my boat in this instance, because you can also pick grassiness in the tastes.
The pdubyah-o-meter unconvinced says 5 – making this arbitrarily average on the scale of arbitrary things.
I wanted to like this more, which seems a common thing, but it fails to deliver, for me. I’m going to have to check but now I think Renaissance are a bit up and down, hit and miss, or more precisely unreliable as a choice of beer in a panic, and that’s not a good thing.
Spotify chose for me “Interpol” the band, and that’s ok with me.
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.