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Beer – #835 – Funk Estate – Doozy

Another Competition beer, and I have this in a can too for a later day with the BeerJerkNZ beer club people, This is an IPA, and it was at the fill station and the pick of the day for me.

Doozy is colloquial for unique or outstanding

From the fill station this is the trusty old bottle of 1 litre of an IPA that is 6.6% ABV, making it 5.2 Standard drinks, 198 calories a serve size in this.

Brewed by Funk Estate in the style that is of an  India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Auckland, New Zealand

Now based in Auckland, a with an  ever growing beer range, Funk Estate are turning out the new beers every couple of weeks it seems.  Not a problem.

A Doozy of a smile ...

A Doozy of a smile …

This is an NZ IPA Challenge beer.

An aggressively hopped New Zealand IPA, brimming with Rakau, Motueka and Sauvin hops, providing juicy dank pine, stonefruit and citrus and a touch of gooseberry.

Doozy is colloquial for unique or outstanding, a very appropriate name for this big hoppy and truly exceptional IPA.

So, what could possibly go wrong?, Well pouring might be a challenge, it’s brim full, watching the attendant today the wastage might be horrible. * Shudder*

Popped that flip top and I got am aroma that is the fruiter end of the aroma spectrum really, sugary.

Funk Estate DoozyLower end of the hop grassy aroma in the glass. Again lots of malty sugary. Might be one of those hops that adds the gooseberry thing.

Lots of bitterness, a couple of distinct things, in a soft, almost under carbonated beer.

It is a very malty, full bodied, beer. it’s a bit of a competition between the hops and malt over what’s what.

Aroma in the glass thickens up with that strong  fruit thing (go on lets go passionfruit), it’s a bit like a dull thud. From a choice of three I’m going Motueka providing that, which turned out to be a swing and amiss as it was the Rakau  (A true dual purpose hops with stone fruit and fig characters and excellent bittering qualities.)

I learnt something. Well two things. I still know nothing about beer flavours and that, and I know about Rakau hops.

This is a beer though that despite being able to sense the bubbles of carbonation seems flat in the mouth, like the beer is too heavy for the bubbles in some way.

Then I looked at the glass and there is a nice lacing and I got distracted from that train of thought. Then I finished my glass, and even though I have another 1 and a bit fills to go pondered if I’d buy this again if I was out in the wild, in the public house, and that gives away a lot of the thinking.

I’m not going to be cruel about this as a beer, it’s alright, it is what it says it is. I’m not sure that I appreciate the hop combination and the way they present. Which is twatty talk for I’m not sure I like the taste. I don’t not like the taste, I’m not sure that I’m that comfortable with it to go again, even though go again I must because see earlier I have another 1 and bit fills.

Pour looks brilliant, love the pour all golden orange and a great white heads worth of fluff and stuff. It is a pretty beer. Do not understand how it tastes flat though.

I never mentioned the lack of a finish, I was all up front and nothing to back it up. I thought. Arn’t the IPA’s supposed to have that dry bit at the back?  Sadly though there isn’t one. Sadly it ended sadly

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. I wanted it to be more. I just don’t get it though, I don’t get the combination they’ve used. I get a beer that it a bit all competitive with itself, which bitter bit is bitterest and which bit is first, to the detriment of the finish which is pretty non existent.

To sum it up, not a doozy, then again, when the name is singing when it’s winning what could possibly go wrong?

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The FWDC in Constellation Drive for this one.
  • Am I enjoying it? I’m not decided. It isn’t rocking my boat.
  • Would I have another? There are other beers that are waiting for me.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? There is nothing wrong with this as a beer, it is very drinkable and enjoyable, and most people would enjoy it, probably, it’s a little intense in places.

Music for this:  Slim Cessna’s Auto Club ” and ” Jesus Let Me Down ” on Spotify 

“Son, there are only two types of music, Country, and Western..”

It’s not like what you might expect.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is an American country music band, originally formed in 1992 in Denver, Colorado


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.


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