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Beer – #655 – Baylands – Enforcer – a redux

BeerJerkNZ beer club beer of the week is the Baylands Enforcer a Black IPA.

hoppy dark goodness

A 355ml (12 fl oz) Can of beer, within which we find a beer of 6% ABV, 55 IBU things, and 1.68 standard drink units.  The whole can 180 calories.

Brewed by Baylands Brewery of course as a Black IPA and they do that based out of Wellington, New Zealand

Dressed in Black, like the IPA

Dressed in Black, like the IPA

Black in colour, with citrus aroma and taste from the US hops. 

Slight smokiness and a very pleasant lingering bitterness to finish.

What could possibly go wrong?

Wet grass hop aroma on pulling the tab, the you get a roasted malt chocolate thing.

Pour is lovely, a dark beer, of course, with a lovely milkshake fluffy head of  off white.  Aroma in the grass is mostly of hop bitterness. I’m waiting for the the roasted malt thing to kick in. Stand by.

It’s not apparent but there is a slight sour citrus hop aroma.

This is nicer than I remember it from the first time around, I’m enjoying the fuller mouthfeel from the sweater roasted malts, and the lovely bitterness wash, although the finish needs to be sharper perhaps.

Baylands Enforcer BLACK IPARecently I’ve had some beers that have a really full aromatic experience in the glass that you get just before you drink, this is one of those too.

I thought the underlying notes were of tropical

But I don’t really like the sour hop taste that this has, despite the efforts of the roasted malts to being some fullness the finish gets to that raw hop grass quickly and it’s pretty persistent.

I end up then on the wrong side of this beer, I quite like the aroma and the pour, it looks great, and the initial taste is nice, but then that row hop bitterness begins to assert itself and take over,

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. I think I enjoyed it more than I did the first time, slightly, but I still don’t get what it is trying to do or trying to be,

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Not really, It’s a bit unpolished.
  2. Would I have another? I don’t think I could do it justice.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Despite this being an emerging style I don’t think this particular take is best representative, so apart from it being in a can, no I wouldn’t be brave enough to take this out to share.

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An emerging beer style roughly defined as a beer with IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character. Typically lacks the roastiness and body of a strong stout and is hoppier than a strong porter. Expressive dry-hopping is common. Also called India Dark Ale, India Black Ale, Cascadian Dark Ale, Dark IPA, and sometimes India Brown Ale.


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