Total Score: 7.45/10
Another Boatrocker beer to review… hopefully it’s not as disappointing as my (slightly redacted) review of their Hop fu[REDACTED]ing Bomb IPA – the IPA that wasn’t. Come on Doc, let’s try focus on the positives – you do like brews that mish-mash Belgium/American styles [I do indeed: Little Creatures Single Batch The Quiet American and HopDog’s An American Werewolf In Belgium being two prime examples] maybe the mercurial Boatrocker can pull off a winner in your eyes? [perhaps… pear hats… mmm, delicious pear hats].
Poured from a 330ml bottle into Duvel tulip.
A: Hazy mandarin (at first I thought tangerine, but it is definitely more of a mandarin) body with wispy white half centimetre head capping it off, like a nice pear hat. 7/10.
S: Ooo! (good “ooo” btw) Nice and spicy aroma upfront, bit of the old cardamom/pepper/coriander seed combo… tasty! Hints of banana, pear and floral hop notes linger on invitingly in the background. If it tastes as good as it smells I might have to recant my former vitriol towards Boatrocker. 9/10.
T: The spices present well in the flavour profile, front to the back of the palate, bringing with them a dry cracker finish. Outside of this the profile is lacking a touch from the outstanding aroma with an orangepeel citric hop character followed by notes of candi sugar and those banana/pear hints. Finish is a mix of dry cracker with bitter orange. Needs a bit more sweetness to balance everything. 8/10.
M: Medium bodied, as expected for a 6.2% ABV brew, with a sharp but dense carbonation. Ticks all the “M” boxes without wowing. 7/10.
D: Overall I am slightly above average but better than “hmm, not bad” suitably impressed succinctly around about the level of “really, I thought as much” absorbed but not captivated by this brew [he said with a non-laconic/cryptic tone]. It is indeed an oddity that much like Icarus – flies close to the sun with wings made, perhaps not of wax, for that fails this beer analogy, but wings made of the delightful flavour of Belgian dry spicy yeast… unfortunately the sun in this analogy melts the delightful flavour of Belgian dry spicy yeast and Icarus, who we’ve replaced in this analogy with Pale Malts, plunges into the ocean, which is now hops. Confused? So am I. 5/10.
Food match: Just to prove that these food match things at the end of my reviews aren’t just pure silliness – Roast Duck. Ha! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.