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Beer – #855 – Rocky Knob – East Coast Overdose

Rocky Knob East Coast Overdose, a beer collaboration, a big beer, and being Friday hard to resist, end of a week and all that.

The trusty fill station bottle of a beer that is 9.5% ABV,  285 calories a serve size, and this would be 7.5 drink units of beer.

Brewed by Rocky Knob Brewing in collaboration with  Sunshine Brewery in the style that is Double or: Imperial IPA and they are in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand, and Gisborne NZ.

more hair than a hairy thing

more hair than a hairy thing

A Sunshine and Rocky Knob collaborative brew, featuring all NZ hops,  including mash addition of Kohatu

A celebration of two brewing companies who live in easy reach of amazing beaches – Mt Maunganui and Gisborne.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Malty rich sugary aroma, Fruity too,  let’s go with Mango. Let’s.

In the glass it’s a real fruit salad of aroma, lovely rich fruits.

Fantastic bright polished orange bronze, an absolute picture of a beer with a prize winner of a head.

Then it’s surprisingly bitter in the mouth for all that lead in and build up, but the promise from the aroma of the fruit delivers with a lovely sugary aplomb.

rocky-knob-east-coast-overdoseDo have to say though that the higher ABV is noticeable with an alcohol tang.

Then I got a spicy peppery thing going on to. A proper mixed bag.

I like it and I don’t like it in equal amounts then.  But then I have to come to an early conclusion that it really isn’t a beer that my particular taste preferences don’t quite match up with.

Which then shows that you can’t get on with every beer.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. Despite all the things that I don’t like I do get why this could be a really good beer, It has aroma in spades, looks and pours really well, leaves that lovely lacing in the glass. But it’s not a bit of me.  Seven then, because it’s a nice beer well made and all that, probably lot higher if you liked the hop combination and that, which I don’t, and so there it is.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The fill station at the Liquorland Forrest Hill.
  • Am I enjoying it? It might just not be my thing, it’s very aggressive and peaky.
  • Would I have another? I had enough with the two pints.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I couldn’t because I don’t have confidence enough to sell it as a conversation piece.

Music for this: “ The Amazing ” and ” Ambulance”  on Spotify 

The Amazing is a Swedish indie rock band, whose members include Reine Fiske , who plays with Dungen, and Christoffer Gunrup,


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.


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