Just like you, but different
Annual Royal visit, the His and Hers. Every year something different and sometimes a challenge, but usually a bit good. Ladies first.
A heavily beeted blood red strong pale ale
I have for my pleasure some 7.6% ABV’s of of a beer in a 750ml bottle, that’s 228 calories a serve size, and this bottle would be 4.5 standard drink units in NZ.
Her Majesty 2015 is a heavily beeted IPA.
Blood red in colour with a fluffy pink head which lead you into looking for berry fruit flavours and an acidic bite, but one sip and your taste buds will soon tell you that this is a great IPA.
A solid but clean malt base holding up the bouquet and flavours of Nelson Sauvin, Citra and Simcoe and finishing with a solid bitterness.
So, what could possibly go wrong?
Aroma is of a pale ale. bold not strong hops.
It’s Beetroot red! Body and head. Blimey.
Aroma is still of light grassy hops, bold and not pushy. slightly grassy.
Taste is amazing, lots of lovely bitterness, again bold not pushy and an interesting carry of something sweet and enjoyable, and a finish that is light and airy. The carbonation is about as good as you could want, which is helping to carry that flavour.
I’d suggest this is a bit of a result!
Such easy and accessible drinking, the hop level is pleasant and fine, it’s not aggressive or pushy, making it easy drinking, which is at odds with the tiger ABV level that’ll get you in trouble in a hurry should you have your quaffing boots on.
As it warmed up slightly the aroma gained an earthy root vegetable thing, only in the glass though, and only if you told a goodly sniff. MrsPhil said it was the worst thing she could imagine, she should get out more.
I thought it was totally in keeping with the beer and the intention. I’ll even come back to earth and be more accurate about what the second half of the bottle is like. ( You know it’s all points off from here). That earthy thing I said was an aroma, it’s a bit more than that, and the body/middle now has a taste profile to it, that I admit is hard to pick or pin down.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It’s performance beer, It’s beet-red it’s flashy it’s in-your-face. Underneath the covers, despite that ABV, it’s a pretty mild mannered beer with a mild temperament. Shock value is high, taste value is medium, but beware that ABV thing it’s a silent one.
Having said that though I finish with ” What a beer!, what a result! ”
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Any ale or lager made with herbs, spices or vegetables. The additive should be distinctive in the aroma. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of spice, herb or vegetable used.