Brewfist & BeerHere Caterpillar Pale Ale

Total Score: 6.55/10 Bread1 Peppercorns1 Orange1 Nonicpint1

Finally I get to review a brew from a second Italian craft brewer, the first being the outstanding Birra Del Borgo, the stakes have never been higher – will our challenger Brewfist topple the craftweight champion of Italy? I’m betting my money on Birra Del Borgo (they are an awesome brewer after all). My logic for reviewing new brewers usually dictates that I start with a heavy ABV Ale such as an IPA, as it takes real skill to brew high ABV beers, but this time I was drawn to the labels psychedelic Alice in Wonderland caterpillar. Do not disappoint me Brewfist (and BeerHere!).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a cloudy mandarin body with a frothy cream coloured head. There are yeast particles floating around the glass, excellent! 9/10.

S: Funky and spicy upfront, a mixture of yeast and rye aromas. There is an acidic citric note as well (welcome hops!) that adds a grapefruit sheen to an already intriguing aroma. 8/10.

T: Flavour really lets it down a bit – it’s sourdough bread, rye spice, hints of sweet malt, with a dry bitter orange peel finish. Lacking all the depth and finesse of a good American Pale Ale. Definitely could benefit from a dry hopping to add a more hoppy dimension. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: Overall this is not even in the same cricket stadium (to recoin an American phrase) as Birra Del Borgo, maybe I should give their Spaceman IPA a try before I totally dismiss Beerfist? [shut up me, you know you will] Well anyway it’s not all bad news. At least it has a unique flavour (due to the rye) – one that I’ve never encountered for this style. Yay Beerfist. 5/10.

Food match: If we’re going to go all the way Italian a nice fettuccine all’arrabbiata would suit this beer.

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