Total Score: 9.1/10
An American India Pale Ale brewed with 100% Brettanomyces yeast you say? Indeed this was a hard one to categorise – is it classed as an American IPA or an American Wild Ale, it qualifies for both but as most beer sites only let you select one style when you add a beer I placed it under “American IPA”. Doubtless I’m expecting it to actually taste like a proper Wild Ale with that ever funky Brett yeast strain. Oh well, bloggers can’t be choosers*. I’m expecting it to be good, because 8 Wired haven’t faulted yet for me as a brewery, cheers Kiwis – too bad about the cricket team 😛
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: An intriguing bright, but hazed, almost banana yellow body with a punchy white foam head which quickly drops back to a nice lace ring. Certainly one of the more interesting beers I’ve ever seen with that wholly yellow body. 8/10.
S: Aroma hits right out of the park with a prominent funky yeast character, stone fruit hops, a herbal/floral note and a touch of candi sugar sweetness trying to break free from the funk. The overall fragrance of this brew has everything a craft connoisseur could ask for. 9/10.
T: Extraordinary beer this! The taste is big and touches all gustatory perceptions – bitter, sweet, sour, dry (standing in for umami)… ok maybe not salty – but who wants salty in a beer [amiright?!]… Gose drinkers, probably. Apart from the aforementioned flavours the stone fruit character has a bit of gooseberry in it for good measure, probably Nelson Sauvin hops, tastes like a top shelf NZ brew from one of the best Kiwi brewers – and it is. Can’t think of any negatives here so: 10/10.
M: Near medium bodied with a light carbonation and a hint of hop oils. 8/10.
D: This brew is the almost perfect culmination of IPA and Brett in a glass. I must admit I was sceptical when I saw “Brettanomyces” and “IPA” on the label but this beer is a genuine “wow!” beer. Other than that my only wish is that this brew was a tad cheaper ($15 for a 500ml bottle) and not a limited release, however I’m sure if it gets enough positive press in beer circles Brett IPAs could be the next Black/White IPAs [or any other quirky style trend] with other brewers releasing them, viva Brett! 8/10.
Food match: Comparing this beer to a complex white wine style, say a Viognier, I would pair this with grilled seafood and a mild curry (think a Korma).
*When it comes to adding more than one style on beer sites.