Total Score: 5.7/10
Well another Aussie craft brewer has reared its head, this time from Bruthen, Victoria (I wonder if it’s pronounced “brew-then”?) which is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘long wooden point’ – as are a many town names in Australia. I always like to review an IPA first, as I find it is the beerometer of how well a brewery rates as the hops should be big and plenty in an IPA.
Poured from a 640ml tallie into a nonic pint.
A: Presents a clear copper coloured body with a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig (hence all the extra “i’s”) 2 inch, so big I had to use Imperial measurements, white head that goes all soap bubbly and soon dissipates. 4/10.
S: Toffee malts, earthy, caramel and with some floral hop backnotes. Not bad at all, looking forward to digging in to this Pommy-styled IPA*. 7/10.
T: As described above: Toffee, earthy, caramel and with a floral hop finish. There is a real English IPA vibe with this brew, the bitterness in the back being at acceptable English levels, however it is missing the tea-leaf tannins of a good EIPA. Also it’s missing any sense of daring or excitement, which is not a good sign on the IPA beerometer. 6/10.
M: Way too high on the carbonation, every glass poured was nearly 50% head, not good. Mid to light bodied. I counted around 8 belches whilst trying to polish off this tallie, 8! 2/10.
D: It’s a big glass of MEH! Far too boring to excite me. Says on the label “intense hop bitterness and high alcohol content” I would be surprised if it registered more than 30 IBUs and the ABV is only 5.8%. If this is the boldest Bullant has to offer then I will give the rest a miss, and you, reader, should too. 6/10.
Food match: Some sort of stew, perhaps a lamb stew, would be appropriate.
*Pommy being a prerogative term for the English whose original meaning has long since been forgotten but the Poms hate it so us Aussies have to give it to ‘em for sending us as convicts to this beautiful Godforsaken land… actually we should probably be thanking them… shut up me!