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Beer – #514 – Deep Creek Brewing – The Dominatrix Double IPA

Another in the FYO series of beers I happened to have my growler in the car, and the lovely lady at the Deep Creek Brewery filled it up for me with “The Dominatrix Double IPA”

So Dominating beer, dominating musics, dominating the numbers and a party with a twist…

“…have your safe word sorted before you introduce yourself”

This is a 7.3% ABV beer, and I have a litre of it, or 32 fl Oz, and so about 5.76 standard drink units in NZ, probably between 560 and 600 calories in the bottle,

Brewed by Deep Creek Brewing Co in the style that is of   Imperial/Double IPA  and they are at my local beach in Browns Bay, Auckland, New Zealand

I have a safe word...

I have a safe word…

Prepare to be dominated!

Make sure you have your safe word sorted before you introduce yourself to this sexy beast!

Not for the faint hearted, she will whip you into submission!

But it definitely doesn’t taste like it… which is what makes it so appealing!

With eye popping citrus and floral flavours tightly hugging its smooth malt base, the dominatrix is one saucy mama. Yes please Ma’am!

I was bit excited to get his in a take-out bottle. What could go wrong.

Nat as bursting of hops as I remember, but this really does have something like strawberries in it, and it’ is very well carbonated .

Deep Creek Brewing - The Dominatrix Double IPABrilliant bright orange orange and a lovely fluffy head of some persistence, the aroma stays the same, a bit under-stated.

Not as bitter either, dialled up to just the right amount, and with a goodly amount of sweet caramels in this that makes it a full-ish mouth experience.

But now here’s the thing, as is always the way with these things this doesn’t appear to be the same experience that I had when I drank this in the bar. How weird is that?

Don’t doubt that this is lovely, but in some strange way this has become a bit more retiring and shy in the delivery, I’m sure I remember it as having as having hop explosion.

Not to matter, it’s still a great beer, but this could be a great discussion about how ambience, setting, company and expectation play a part in experience. Because at home, right now, this isn’t the pdubyah 10 beer that it was/is when I’m out having it in the brewery – which I have to say has to be amongst the best venues, a meer stones throw from  the beach, literally.

But, I might have, in my head, thought this up, and in the drive home I was distracted and fidgeting to get into it, plus I have it in a fancy schmancy glass and not a thick walled sleeve like you get in on-venue. I’m not about to change glasses.

Summary: Looks great, it is lovely and not overly bitter, has some nice resinous and grassy notes, has a wonderful caramel and sweet level, but does not finish dry. Is, alarmingly, easy drinking and at 7.3% ABV could be a bad habit.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 a of its things from the thing. I can’t go 10, even I think that in the pub this is like liquid nectar, at home in a more subdued and settled environment this is just a bit short. I’d like more bitter, and a dryer finish. Then I might indeed need a safe word.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes, but at the level  that wanted to.
  2. Would I have another? Oath, yes, this is a nice beer.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I’d love to share it, on venue or in the take-out or bottle, this is a really good beer to talk over, to, about and at this level of ABV it’d be a quick finish.

Amy Winehouse, very bright and burnt-out rather than fade away kind of person, and this is a great song , in my opinion. that I chose this as my music to drink by “Amy Winehouse with Jools Holland – Monkey Man”

I got up and had a dance. For one. It was a bit sad.

IMPERIAL/DOUBLE IPA

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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5 comments on “Beer – #514 – Deep Creek Brewing – The Dominatrix Double IPA

  1. kingmidget
    January 16, 2015

    It looks beautiful. I think you’re on too something about the environment and ambience can improve the taste of a beer, or at least your memory of it. A couple of years ago, I discovered Trumer Pils at a local restaurant. I met a friend after work and I ordered Trumer for the first time. It was poured into the perfect glass — a tall, slender pilsner glass. Everything about it was perfect and I’m sure that part of it was the bar and meeting with the friend who I hadn’t seen in a few years.

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    • Philip Walter
      January 16, 2015

      It is like ‘holiday beer’ we used to holiday in Greece, or Spain and you drink the local wine, get seduced to buying one for home, get home, a week later you get it out and it’s like drain cleaner…

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      • kingmidget
        January 17, 2015

        I drink Chinese beer when I have Chinese food, Italian beer when I have Italian food, Mexican beer when I have Mexican food. So, one day, I enjoyed my Tsingtao so much with some chinese food, the next time I was at the grocery store, I bought a six-pack of Tsingtao and happily took it home to consume. I opened the first one and started drinking and, yeah, it was almost like drain cleaner. I’ve never drunk the stuff since except in a restaurant with Chinese food.

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      • Philip Walter
        January 17, 2015

        Then of course you get to the Belgium beers, and they are served, each one, in it’s own unique glass shape, and size, the oddest of which is perhaps the Pauwel Kwak which gets served in some kind of weird chemistry flask, it’s a work of art. Some of this of course adds to the experience, like beers with corks and cages, gives you a sense of ‘craft’ and care’.

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      • kingmidget
        January 19, 2015

        I love beer. In all its forms. Well, almost all its forms. Belgian beers I will never get and, unfortunately, most of the new breweries opening up in my area (and there seems to be a new one every week these days) seem to be focusing on either Belgian ales, extremely hopped beers, or both. There’s not a lot of the norm anymore. The sour bite of Belgians is something I’ll never get used to.

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