Just like you, but different
“A Pilsner made with ale hops, apparently. Unique”
NZ Pilsner with big NZ flavour and aroma without massive bitterness.
Dry hopped like an IPA.
What could go wrong with what?
It’s very hoppy on opening, just the hop aroma, an understated sweetness, does not have that tang of an IPA for instance.
Pour is a very pale yellow beer with the most magnificent white head, it looks amazing.
The taste is less sweet than I remember, this has a flat unmistakable hop presence that finishes sharply dry. Leaves a lovely lacing in the glass as you sip.
So a late dry hopped Pilsner. I guess it is what it is, and again I find myself betwixt and between on this. I like a Pilsner, and the idea of a hopped up version appeals.
For me though this is carrying just a lot of front end dry heaviness not adding flavour, just presence. Which is disappointing.
When you do get the flavour notes they’re really clean, and almost fruity in their way. This isn’t a sweet or quaffable beer though, and is best enjoyed at sipping or conversational pace. It really would be an ideal beer to have with a food. Which I didn’t think to organise, as usual.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. It’s refreshing, it’s nice, but it isn’t sparking on the palate with flavours and tastes, so overall it’s not for me. I get the late dry hopped thing, I see what it did and how it worked, it’s interesting and makes this a unique take on the Pilsner style. Sometimes though different isn’t better. However if I was out and this was on then I’d be in.
The double dip review
While the definition of “pilsner” is open to much debate in the beer community, it generally refers to pale, hoppy lagers, ranging from 28IBUs and up.