Just like you, but different
Beer 777 , how the time flies and I’ve turned to a beer from 8 Wired, this is Superconductor, a beer that got me to #100 all those beers ago, and one which I’d thought I’d had more than I have, it’s been around a while obviously.
If you don’t like hops, don’t buy this beer.
This is 88 IBU and 266 calories a serve size, this is 8.88% ABV, and the one litre from the fill station is 7.01 standard drink units.
The intense bitterness and pungent, fruity hoppiness may confuse your tastebuds to an extent where there would not be enough voltage left in the world to electroshock them back into coherence.
Bone dry and ultra hoppy Double IPA. Brewed with 80% more hops than our already extremely hoppy HopWired IPA.
So, what could possibly go wrong? Hopefully not much as I know what it says on the label.
For a loaded hop beer this has a surprisingly neutral aroma, sweet sugary, and a fruity grass, I’m really going to say Mango.
Paler than it looks in the pictures this is a hazy more hello orange than anything, and it pours with a stark white heat of some depth and substance.
There’s more a peppery aroma in the glass than anything else, it’s a strange thing, either I’m over thinking it or it just is.
Despite that ‘bone dry’ warning this is anything but, this is amazeballs. Fruity, Bitter bite near the finish and a sweet finish that leaves a loverly lingering taste of a burst of what is like a tropical fruit thing. Noting arid or dry about it that I noticed, and a beer that is sooooo drinkable.
I was expecting something really hard to get on with or into, this though wraps you in a lovely blanket of things, and deceives you. It might be 88 IBU, I’ve had beer with lower numbers that have a really sharp roughness and bite, this isn’t drinking its IBU, and 88 is about them middle of the 80-100 for dIPA beers.
It’s hard not to smile when you’ve had a quaff.
Except the frown as you realise you’re a quaff nearer the bottom, but all goods things and all that. The bad part of me wants to cram all that excitement into one rush, the miser me wants to eek it out a bit, and I’ve still have a couple of pours to go, what am I like?
All is not a glowing candle though, because there really isn’t any escaping the alcohol tang in this, and you notice it now and again, hard not too.
Second stanza, same giant stark white head, and I can’t help it I’m back in for a guzzle. I haven’t been this excited about something since Crystal Palace got into the FA Cup Final.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. With merit though, this is a brilliant of beerage from the people at 8 Wired, and they’ve been doing it for a few years. Man could get lost a few hours drinking this if if could, it’s not hop forward, it’s not rough, not dry, it’s just nice, well nice. I’m not quit at the 10 though, this still has the flashes at the edges that catch you short where you might be expecting them, bit like that bit in GoT where he stabs the other one…. you know the bit.
The double dip review
Music for this: ” Rogue Wave ” and ” Delusions Of Grand Fur ” on Spotify
Rogue Wave is an indie rock band from Oakland, California,
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.