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Herevana – Volstead – Mr Ombibulous

Volstead Mr Ombibulous West Coast IPA. How could you not smile when you try to pronounce that using your best Mr.Bean or Jeremy Clarkson voice.

It is the BeerJerk NZ beer of the week! Always something new, this is from a brewer that is new to this blog too. Can’t beat that.

Volstead Brewing Company make the Volstead Mr Ombibulous West Coast IPA in Christchurch, Canterbury, 🇳🇿 New Zealand, and of course it is an IPA of 6.7% and this would be 2.3 standard drinks

The aroma fair jumps out of the can, it is really loud.

What a glorious looking beer that is. You’d think that a WCIPA would be clearer and bright, but this is quite dense orange and looks really nice with that crisp head. There’s a lot of malt sweet aroma in the glass.

This is like a proper old school IPA, before they all went hazy and big and boisterous.

Gorgeously bitter, wonderfull sweet, with underlying dryness and a delicious hint towards something fruit. I am very enthusiastic about this!

Reminds me that the reality for me is that a decent tasty IPA that can give you this much enjoyment is a thing of wonderment. Spot on with the bitterness the sweetness and the whole thing is brobdingnagian

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 on the arbitrary number scale. There’s not a lot more you could ask for in this as a WCIPA beer, it really lit up my day and made me unreasonably happy

Music . Lightening Bug have this album called ‘A Color of the the Sky’

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

Mr Ombibulous (someone who enjoys alcoholic beverages) is a little bit of fun, a 6.7% West Coast style IPA featuring a ton of US hops, over a balanced malt base and with a smooth mouthfeel and a hint of bitterness.

A century ago Baltimore journalist HL Mencken was said to be the most powerful private citizen in the USA and was known as the “American Nietzsche”. He was also an enthusiastic drinker with mmany of his essays and articles focussing on booze. In one he coined the word ‘ombibulous’ whan he said “I’m ombibulous. I drink every known alcoholic drink and enjoy them all.”.

Brewers Notes


The India Pale Ale (IPA) is used to describe a hop-forward, bitter, dryish beer. None of these beers ever historically went to India, and many aren’t pale.The standard version generally stands for the American IPA and range between 5.0-7.0 ABV. The American IPA is a decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop-forward, with a clean fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through. The “East Coast IPA” is more balanced, offering a malt sweetness with citrus and fruity hop character with a nice little hop bitterness, more reminiscent to traditional english IPAs. In the case of the “West Coast IPA”, bitterness is the at the frontline and pushes malty sweetness to the very back. Stronger and more highly hopped than an American Pale Ale. Compared to an English IPA, has less of the English character from malt, hops, and yeast, less body, and often has a more hoppy balance and is slightly stronger than most examples. Less alcohol than a Double IPA, but with a similar balance. Color ranges from medium gold to light reddish-amber although many substyles exist, each having their own color tone. These other IPA substyles generally are closer-related to their base IPA substyle and should be listed with them, if the substyle is listed.


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