Total Score: 8.2/10
Wolf Of The Willows ISA, Wolf Of The Willows is a what?! [Doc’s brain: Bad joke completed – prepare for Endorphin release… gratification delivered – carry on] On a serious note: Brewers are getting really silly these days with names and styles and such, I mean – India Saison Ale… WTF Wolf?! I understand it is hard to stand out in the crowd as a brewer these days but there’s no need to completely fabricate new beer styles, which BTW when you call something “India” in the beer world it generally means upward of 6% ABV, at 5.2% this isn’t even close to India! [rant over]
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Presents a hazed pineapple-juice coloured body with a white 1 cm head that sticks around quite well. I like this colour, makes me hanker for a glass of pineapple juice. 8/10.
S: Wow, a very Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc bouquet upfront – this has to have Nelson Sauvin hops in it. White wine, gooseberry and a touch of Bazooka Joe bubble gum towards the back combine into an aroma I want to inject directly into my olfactory senses – sen-f**king-sational! 10/10.
T: Well we all knew it wouldn’t be as good as the aroma promised (how could it be?). That part out of the way it is still quite an intriguing brew with characters of: White wine, gooseberry, bubble gum, pepper and a potpourri floral note in the background. Finishes relatively dry, peppery and with a light grassy bitterness. This drinks a lot like a NZ Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s – you know, a beer. 8/10.
M: Definitely the weakest link in ISA [“Goodbye!”] with a mid to light body and an overly gassy carbonation. 6/10.
D: Another different brew from Wolf Of The Willows, despite them ascribing it the ridiculous (and unnecessary) moniker of “India Saison”, they have managed to pleasantly surprise me once again. As a part-time wine drinker I did enjoy the classic NZ Sauv Blanc flavours of this brew, however I can see this as a HUGE turn-off to many beer drinkers, who for some reason, unbeknownst to me, I assume hate wine or any spirits made with the fruit of the vine… their loss (and my assumption) really. 8/10. Total: 8.2/10.
Food match: Spring green salad and lobster with Chèvre and citrus.
Note to reader: You will burb a lot, and violently, with this brew – YHBW: You Have Been Warned.