Sounds like a match made in Weizen (which is the Beerpostles, a portmanteau of ‘beer’ and ‘apostles’, version of Heaven) or Helles… you get the idea, the terrible pun is free. ANYWAY I was captivated by this battle of titans – one of my all-time favourite breweries versus some sensationalist Scottish chaps that enjoy being caught in the limelight for outrageous verging-on silly beers. The two breweries couldn’t be further apart in mannerisms: Weihenstephan(er) being quite a monastic brewing atmosphere. So here we are, an India Pale Weizen… Prost?
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Weizen-nonic pint – a glass I just invented.
A: Cloudy and spotty (them there ‘east particulates yerm) light amber bodied with a thin chalky lace on top. I like yeast in my bread and floating around in my beer so I’m as happy as a sausage on keep-your-sausage-in-a-hat-and-don’t-eat-it day. 9/10.
S: Spicy clove Phenols drop kick me in the face leaving a satisfied smile where a boot print should be. Backing up this tasty clove aroma are notes of bubble gum, some light banana wheat character and a touch of citrus. The “India Pale” in this brew certainly isn’t taking a dump all over the aroma and I kinda like that. 8/10.
T: Perhaps the ‘IP’ in this ‘IPW’ has lessened as this brew nears its BB date (as hoppy characters tend to do) or this beer was intended by BrewDog to be skewed more towards Weizen, either way this is a tasty little ‘ip’ with a big ‘W’ (in full ‘ipW’) with cloves, coriander and a dab of banana/bubble gum. Finish comes through herbal bitters, however without this bitterness there would be little to indicate that hops were indeed added to this brew. Aftertaste has a some tannin astringency which adds a cologne-like taste. I suspect I cellared this beer a little too long (expires in Octobeer). 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied, creamy-esque carbonation… could use more body. 6/10.
D: Hit and miss, with the aroma coming on nice and bold it steps back with the flavour and the thing that really distracted as my glass drained was how tannic the aftertaste was – I’ve had Cabernet Sauvignons that are less tannic than this brew… it was quite a distraction for me BrewDog… or Weihenstephan… who’s responsible for all this tannin?! [Biff?]. Other than this distraction I enjoyed the Weizen aspects of this brew whilst pining* for more ‘IP’ in my ‘IPW’. 7/10.
Food match: Water… I need water.
*get it? ‘pining’ IPAs are usually ‘piney’ nope… oh well, back to the punning-board.