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Beer – The Box of Duncan’s – Part the First

One of the pleasures is being given the gift of beer, and I’ve been given a box of Duncan’s,  a mixed 6 pack – The Polymorphic Mix Six – a selection of this and that.

Not surprisingly this is beer that is brewed by Duncan’s Brewing Co. who are in Paraparaumu, New Zealand

A Hunk of a Dunc

First up that took my eye is the : Duncan’s Juniper IPA which is in the style of of an  IPA

7% ABV and 60 IBU things, this is a 330ml bottle of a beer that works out at around 210 calories a serve and 1.3 standard drink units in NZ
Brewed with Juniper berries which deliver hints of pine and citrus aroma and flavour.

So, What could possibly go wrong? Well with Juniper you could possibly expect a Gin like nose and tang when drinking.

You can notice that Juniper high note. The pour is like a marmalade orange, with a sharp white head that faded a bit but looked amazing on top there.

Nice fruity bitterness, that hints towards marmalade now that I have that in my head, and with a dry note at the end reminiscent of a decent Gin.

It is, overall, more towards the high bitter end of drinking sups, with a peaky bitterness carrying that there.

It is however rather spiffing to drink and rather the thing at the end of a hot dry day, and the end of a week and a nice pick-me-up for what ails you.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing.

Logically I have tho think what comes next.

So,  the Duncan’s Pale Ale in the Style of course of a  Pale Ale – American

This s 330 ml bottle is 5.7% ABV which is around 171 calories, thi would be 1.3 standard drinks in NZ

A unique hopa-tropical taste. Lots of citrus and tropical hop notes with a smooth malty back bone.

A Chunk of a Dunc

Unsurprisingly I’ve had this a couple of times previous, including with the Beer Jerk NZ beer club people.

The Beer Jerk selection delivers some pretty high quality beers on a consistent basis, so this being one of the beers should indicate the pedigree to the casual observer is all I’m saying.

I rated it a fairly solid an very enjoyable beer, and of course I picked the beer before I go back and see that I thought about it, which in this instance only adds pressure on me to agree with my past self.

The pour is a pale orange yellow that isn’t one thing or another, the head is white, not brilliant but it is persistent. I like persistent.

Aroma is more malt than anything, and weirdly dry grass. I don’t know my nose.

I’ve tasted this and  can all you that nothing has changed my mind about this being a solid and decent Pale Ale.

It has a seemingly thudding dryness at the end and is gently bittered through the curve, and has an underlying fruitless or sweetness that makes it all get along very nicely in the quaff.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing.

Which is two top-notch beers, or a 33% success rate, which by any measure is outstanding. I’ve had mix packs that are a shambles of poor thinking and worse brewing, this is not one of them.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The box was a gift from my Son, good lad.
  • Am I enjoying it? So far so good
  • Would I have another? I have 4 more in the box
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? So far yes, these are gosh good beers that you should enjoy as outstanding examples of beering from the brewing team.

Music for this:  Tearing at the Seams (Deluxe Edition) by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats  

You should treat your ears to some of this 🙂


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