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Beer – #729 – Mandrake – BruJu

You might even see this as Tuatara Mandrake Bruju Citra-limed Pale Ale. A beer take on a local ice-block confection called FruJu – in this the beer version you get a citrus-limed pale ale.

This is a gently hopped pale ale 

In this, a 500 ml bottle of a beer at 5.8% ABV,  with some 52 IBU, and around 174 calories a serve size. This would be 2.3 standard drinks worth.

A collaboration of Tuatara and Mandrake brewing, in Auckland, i the style that is APA 

Man with a bru

Man with a bru

Tropical fruit salad selection of American hops, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial with added Kaffir lime leaves. Clean, refreshing and super fruity.

To make it even more citrusy, we then dry leafed organic Coromandel Kaffir Lime alongside the dry hop. Expect lime, melon and extreme deliciousness.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Aroma is grassy like hops and not a lot else to indicate expectations.

Pour is quite an orange golden that I thought was brighter than it looks in the glass, where it looks hazy, and there is a monster head of fluff and substance, almost too much, almost an amateur pour.

Mandrake - BruJuNow I think the aroma is peppery when it is in the glass.

Taste. Well, there is a tropical fruit, mango perhaps, to this, but it’s squashed by both an over-carbonation and a loud bitterness. The finish errs slightly too much to a dryness.

I also wouldn’t say that this is ‘lightly hopped’, because to me it isn’t high at all, I’ve had decent IPA’s that are less hoppy than this.

Can’t shake that over-bubbled mouth-feel though, the one where the bubbles carry all the taste away and you get a feeling of foam popping and no taste experience to speak of, happens sometimes, not a lot, in some ways it’s as bad as under-carbonated or flat beer.

Not quite the ‘ooh-aaa’ sensation that in my head I was going to get. Might have totally missed the lime element, didn’t really get much bang of citrus, some orange, but did get some tropical mango.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It is quite enjoyable and has a reasonable taste profile, once you batted through the bubbles to get to a tropical flavour. It needed to have more tropical in it to be worthwhile, and therefore comparable to the ice-block where it cribs its name from.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? my Local Liquorland in Forrest Hill. but I’m sure all of them have it, and it’s in other places of course.
  • Am I enjoying it? Not so much that I’m smiling about it.
  • Would I have another? I don’t rate this when I think of other similar beers.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Apart from the comedic name there isn’t a lot of reason to share this, unless you like stories of your favourite ice block and how this is nothing like what you might expect based on the label.

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American Pale Ales are light in color, ranging from golden to a light copper color. The style of this beer is defined by the American hops used. American hops typically have high bitterness and aroma.This is a perfect beer for big fare like grilled burgers or combination pizzas, as well as lighter fare like sushi and green salads.


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