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Beer – #679 – Sunshine – Offshore

Might also be known as Sunshine Project # 2 – “Off Shore” Lager. I’ve not had a beer from this brewer before, so I’m looking forward to it.  New old new beer, old new music, old numerals and party olds

lager to be given the full IPA treatment.

500ml of a 6.4% ABV beer, with 193 calories a serve size, and 2.52 standard drinks

Brewed by Sunshine Brewery in the style: Premium Lager and they are in the oddly nice but oddly sounding Waikanae Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand

We have been a lager house for 25 years and it is time now for lager to be given the full IPA treatment.



This IPL is brewed to have you buzzing, much like a good swell with an Offshore wind blowing. To retain lager lightness, some Gisborne grown corn was used in the malt base that we designed to give complex malt aromas.

Lots of American hops provide a big and rounded bitterness with citrus and passion fruit aromatic overlays.

All this brewed with some special artisan well mineral water.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Biscuit malt aroma mostly, I can’t immediately get any hops, but I have hopes.

The pour is of a beer that is lot darker than a lager, it’s almost like a vienna lager colour lots of malt colour, love that little white head though, that is a nice thing.

Sunshine IPLAroma in the glass has slightly more hop note than from the bottle.

The initial taste is somewhat odd, I get the sense of a lot of that malt and a slightly uncomfortable bitterness.

I don’t think that this is a hugely successful take on a hopped up lager, they’ve darkened it, probably with malt and not really added a hop bitterness, leaving a dark lager thing.

I think the ship sailed on this one to be honest.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. I wanted to be more harsh and mark this less, but its a new brewer and this was a random pick based on a style and not their strength, but it isn’t good and is both confused and confusing in taste and overall delivery.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? No
  • Would I have another? No
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights?  No

Music for this : ” Kurt Vile ” ” It’s a big world out there ” on Spotify  Kurt Samuel Vile is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is best known for his solo career and as a former member of indie rock band The War on Drugs


A beer that straddles between the mainstream Pale Lager and Pilsner. Not all beers that call themselves Premium Lager are, but those that are will typically have a deep gold to light bronze colour, and distinct influence of malt and hops. They should be free of adjuncts and will have a softer carbonation than Pale Lager or Classic German Pilsner.IBUs will typically range in the 20’s, and lagering times will typically be 4-6 weeks, more in line with what pilsners have. Overall accent will be malty-to-balanced, alcohol in a slightly tighter range than either Pale Lager or Pilsner (4.5-5.5%). Most often the product of a microbrewery or brewpub, but macrobreweries can make this style if they jack up the hops a bit and make it all-malt.


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