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Beer – #927 – Outlier Cartel – Kekulé’s Dream

Outlier Cartel Kekulé’s Dream. Beer and education. I have no problems with that.

An intensely tropical fruit

Canned 355ml craft beer, with the big wide lid thing, beer that is 6.3% ABV and 189 calories a serve size. This is around 1.8 standard drink units.

Brewed by Outlier Cartel this is in the style that is an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they’re based in Central Auckland, New Zealand

According to the legend, August Kekulé had a vision while daydreaming by a hearthfire. He saw atoms dance around and form into strings. The strings transformed into snakes that consumed their own tails. From that intuition, he solved the answer to a scientific riddle.

Could be a worse dream

This is a hazy shade of an IPA, juicy, tropical fruit cloaked behind a veil of oats, wheat and barley.

Whilst the IBU’s and NTU’s are still under investigation, the lab results have returned one absolute conclusion: it’s tasty

An intensely tropical fruit aromatic upfront, a creamy mouthfeel and a voluptuously hoppy beer without the assertive bitterness that you may expect. It’s juicy and refreshing!

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Lovely fresh fruity hoppy aroma from the big mouth can that opens with a loud crack.

Hazy pale yellow our with lovely head, but it’s transient and settles to something much smaller. Aroma is  dull hops.

Surprisingly not bitter, very full in taste and it washes over the tongue to a fruit like finish. The lingering dryness pops up at the end, almost apologetically.

A beer of some conflicts and which hides most of it strength in the background. Light dull aroma, hazy pale yellow pour, and low bitterness on the tongue, backed up by a fresh juiciness and an afterthought of dryness at the back. Lovely as it is odd.

This beer continues the recent-isa unfitted (cloudy as fog) presentation of beer, which I don’t mind, but when the head fades, on the beer, it leaves something that looks like chicken gravy, which Isn’t possibly what the brewer though about.

AS this beer warmed the hop part became stronger, the dryness more apparent and the fruity part, well that was just there all the time. Nice.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. Might not be the most attractive of beers, and pouring from the wide lid can is a challenge, although I suppose I could have drunk from the can, but didn’t.. Lots of understated taste and flavours in this that grow as it warms. A Nice bit of beer this, and one that possibly deserves a bigger audience.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland had them, they should be in good places.
  • Am I enjoying it? I wasn’t but in the end this turned out to be rather a nice beer.
  • Would I have another? Ys.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would, because it’s slow about it’s game and quietly goes about being good beer and waits for you to catch up with it.

Music for this:  ” Dropkick ” and ” Turning Circles ” on Spotify 

Dropkick is a band from Scotland. The video isn’t from the album I’m listening to, just because.


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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