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Beer – #763 – Renaissance Enlightenment Series – Boom!

It has a long name –  Renaissance Enlightenment Series Boom! It also has a big IBU, and a big ABV. This is a beer that is available in bottles too, but I went to the keg station. Hopefully I’ll be enlightened, and I have a couple of albums of musics to help it all along.

Here comes the boom.

Brewed by Renaissance Brewing that style that is an Imperial IPA and they are in Blenheim, New Zealand

From the growler station, 1 litre of beer that is at 89 IBU things, with an 8.3% ABV and 249 calories a serve size. This would be 6.55 standard drink units in NZ.

A Boom for the Boomer

A Boom for the Boomer


An American style Double IPA with a light but balanced malt body giving the hops the chance to do the talking.

Lots of citrus, stone fruit and pine notes. With a long lingering bitter finish.

Here comes the boom.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

A nice looking orange brown in the bottle. A Bursting aroma of grassy hoppy beeriness escapes when you flip that lid.

Glorious looking pour with a stark white head that held up for a brief while before fading away to a thickish film.  In the glass the aroma isn’t quite as strong on the hops and there is a sweater sugary note holding court.

Renaissance Enlightenment Series Boom!Undoubtedly all of it’s IBU and making no excuses for it either. Lots of brash sharp bitterness on the palate, and a dry finish rounds out the overview. The tastes in between the sip and the sigh is filled with a tangerine orange marmalade sweetness that distracts and entertains.

For all that though I’ve been distracted by other things that are happening around and about me, so this isn’t a beer that grabs the attention and makes you stay with it, so in some respects it’s a good beer to have when you’re with someone or doing something that needs doing, or doesn’t need doing but you’re doing it anyway.

What I think is that this isn’t quite as polished or full as it makes out to be, the malt sweetness is nice, but it isn’t quite right, too light, or something. That alcohol astringent begins to get a bit sharp and angry as the beer warms up, and you’re left somewhat with a slightly burning sharpness that isn’t ideal. This though at the last 1/3rd  which could have been avoided if I’d fridge between pours, something I’ve never done and don’t intend to start doing, as it is interesting to see how and if a beer develops or falls away over a short amount of time.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It starts off like dervish, it’s all action noise, huff and puff, bluster and drama. Then it lets you peek at the sweeter things and the oranges and the like, but reminds you with a somewhat dry finish. Later as it warms it gets a little sharp and antsy in the alcohol tang. It is a nice bit of drinking and a great dIPA, don’t be fooled, and make no mistake but nice isn’t quite great.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The Fill station at the Local Liquorland, it is in bottles as well and pretty much should be where all the good beers are.
  • Am I enjoying it? It starts with a Bang and out with a whimper
  • Would I have another? Not just right now, there are other things to attend to.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Sounds odd then, but possibly, there aren’t many dIPA beers around and this makes quite a nice departure and change,  but only for that. Not  bad beer, just not a great one.

Music for this: ” Tindersticks”  and their Album ” Waiting Room” on Spotify

Tindersticks are an English alternative rock band, formed in Nottingham in 1991


Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support


5 comments on “Beer – #763 – Renaissance Enlightenment Series – Boom!

  1. kingmidget
    April 3, 2016

    I don’t know, if you have to “fridge between pours” there’s something wrong with the beer even if it’s understood that as the beer warms, its flavor profile may change a bit.

    Now, I just need to figure out how we in America can get these fill stations as you seem to have handy in your country. The only place to be able to fill growlers here are at breweries themselves, where you can only get their beer. Would love to be able to go to a liquor store and have a larger variety of beers to purchase that way.


    • Philip Walter
      April 3, 2016

      It might of course been over cold when I started, and that can suppress the tastes. As to the growler stations, They’ve become more popular in the last couple years as mice breweries have popped up, I’m not sure why it wouldn’t be a thing in the US liquor stores, no doubt some arcane and useless rule about open containers or something.


      • kingmidget
        April 3, 2016

        You’re likely right, but it would certainly be a better way to sell beer to aficionados.


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