Just like you, but different
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.
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.
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.
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
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