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Beer – Bitter this and that

Friday, what’s not to like about a Friday at the end of a really hot weather week, sadly I don’t have one of those nice Chai Stout things I had last night to perk me up, but I do got a smoked Porter and an English IPA in a Nitro Can, and whatever else I forgot about in the fridge, also something from the fill station. All this in avoidance of putting a number on it


My City is On Fire is Brewed by Graphic Brewing Style: Porter  which they do in Wellington, New Zealand. I was pondering recently why there isn’t a smoked stout, and with this, a Smoked Porter I might be close to finding out if that was a good ponder or one of the 999 ideas you have to have before you get a good one.

440ml can of a craft beer, that is 6% ABV which is about 2 standard drink units and 180 calories a serve size.

That  is a top bit of smoked beer work there, lovely dark rich looking pour with a full and film head of foam that is brown white. Aroma is peaty smoke, taste is peaty smokey. Bitterness is nice, fits well with that smoked.

I like this. The Pdubyah-O-Meter would rate this as a high 8 on the scale

Got mine at the Liquorland store in Forrest Hill, your good stores should have it.

Garage Project – Full Fathom Five – Brewed by Garage Project  as an India Pale Ale (IPA)  and they are still in Wellington, New Zealand

This is canned craft beer that is in a  330ml can of a 5.55% ABV  brew which is 1.5 standard drinks in NZ, and about that 167 calories.

Earthy Fuggles hops I presume bring that familiar old taste back. Looks brilliant, bright orange, Taste is dull and flat like English bitter is. This though lacks body and i’m not sure what the Nitro brought to the table apart form the theatre. I’d happy drink this from the tap in a pint though, because theatre aside it’s a nice English bitter beer.

It’s nice earthy beer that would nice on taps. The pdubyah-o-meter thought that his needed work at 6 though, and 6 is above average but not quite at the middle of the pack.

Got mine at Liquorland locally who managed to get some, apparently it shouldn’t have been available there, and you might have to look around.

I finished out with a Boneface Sabotage, Brewed by Boneface Brewing in the Style that is an  Imperial IPA  in  Wellington, New Zealand.

This is 8.3% ABV and about 249 calories a serve.

This beast is an unfiltered mouthful of an IPA with big tropical fruit and citrus pith flavours and a smooth malt character. This is a beer that will Sabotage your taste buds.

This is orange juicy, tasty enjoyable beer that is very aromatic, lots of citrus, and it tastes as orange as it looks, beer that is pushing that unfiltered bandwagon and pushing hard.

I thought this was a lazy 9 on the pdubyah-o-meter  and this isn’t the first time that this has been at my table, and I don’t often re-visit a beer. 

The local Liquorland had this on the fill station, if you have the chance I’d say go for it.

Music for this:  

Pete Tong Ibiza Classics by Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra, Jules Buckley  on the Spotify 

Then, an album that is up there in he ‘album of the year’ charts –   A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie  on Spotify

and I finished with the album reputation by Taylor Swift on Spotify  and thereby cast my own in doubt 🙂


Black or chocolate malt gives the porter its dark brown color. Porters are well hopped and heavily malted. This is a medium-bodied beer. Porters can be sweet. Hoppiness can range from bitter to mild. Porters are often confused with stouts.


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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