Just like you, but different
2015 and it’s that time again, Fresh Hopped beers abound, and this is an old favourite in a current version. so Hop grassy beer, SuperGrass, Super numbers and all-in on party time.
Not only did the Americans invent hot-rodding, they invented hop-rodding too.
This is a 1 litre FYO bottle of an 8.0% ABV beer, and 90 IBU things which is 6.3 drink units in NZ, This about 240 calories a serve size.
In the late 1960’s a Tauranga teenager called John Reid threw a kiwi hat in to that ring with the the famed “Vandal”, a dazzling green flake 1919 Dodge Bucket.
In his spirit we are rising to the other challenge with a beer named in his honour – a big, bitter APA stuffed with the tropical hit of Nelson Sauvin, Kohatu and Riwaka Hops.
Like any good hotrod, it’s built to attract as much attention as possible.
So what could possibly go wrong?
Absolutely immense aroma of wet cut grass, sugars and a hint of a citrus.
Pour is pale, but you could tell, and a giant head forms, mostly on purpose because, hey, I can. Aroma in the glass is lovely.
Initial taste then. I thought this was slightly sour other than bitter, and there is lovely malt sugar thing there that offsets a little that thought, and I don’t think this is particularly bitter bitter.
It is very green to drink, raw and insistent hop on the front end, and a finish that is slightly to the dry, the middle is fleeting but carries well.
Grapefruit. That’s the one, it’s quite tart and insistent.
For a beer that I thought I wasn’t enjoying I appear to have sipped my way thought quite a bit of it. But I’m not totally engaged with it, for me this really is too ‘green’, just a bit raw and unfinished. It is nice to drink, but it isn’t as polite or rounded or complete as other big IPA beers that I have had and enjoyed, I don’t think it’s as good as the time when I gave this a 10 that time I drank it. Seems such a long time ago.
This stands well in the great IPA category, and has, I think enough difference about to be near the front. I could if pushed name 4 or 5 more rounded and even IPA beers, but this is as it says it is a vandal of immensnessness.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I don’t seem to be enjoying this as a beer as much as I wanted to, and I think that appears to be the case in that the first time was the best and each other time has just fallen short of that strange memory thing where you think you literally had an epiphany.
The double dip review
Music. Well it was time to get the old ‘in the day’ thing going, and so it is time for ‘Supergrass’, the album ‘In it for the money’ – listen here on Spotify
Supergrass were an English alternative rock band from Oxford.England.
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.