Total Score: 7.55/10
Continuing my conquest of Mornington Peninsula one beer at a time my next mêlée is The Continuous Daryl Imperial IPA, which has a picture representing the evolution of man on the can. Much like the Cro-Magnon man depicted on the can I will tinker with this beer (on my tongue) and craft tools – in the shape of a review (aka the tool you may use pro gratis to decide if you want to drink this Ale) and hopefully come to a conclusion (not unlike Cro-Magnon man)… which may or may not involve smashing things, or rock paintings… I haven’t decided yet.
Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.
A: One of the cloudiest IIPAs I’ve ever seen with a caramel-tinged amber body and a 1 centimetre off-white cappuccino foam head that leaves some dense packed lace on the side of the glass. It’s impressively ominous and it’s not even a Russian Imperial Stout – that’s the most remarkable thing. 8/10.
S: Hops aplenty with that citrus/piney aroma you get from a good west coast IPA. Sharp tangs of orange rind and unripe mandarin round out a decidedly bold hop aroma with little in the way of malts detected, but they’ll be in there to balance out the hops or else it wouldn’t be much of a beer now would it? [rhetorical question in case it wasn’t obvious]. 8/10.
T: Hop flavour has dulled quite a bit here and I suspect that this has been sitting in the fridge a bit too long as I’ve experienced these flavours before in past-their-prime IPAs from the States. Flavours of: Caramel, butterscotch mix with orange rind and resiny pine characters – tis a west coast IIPA and unashamed of it! Hop and malt balance is slightly on the sweet side with a nice medium hop bitterness in the finish. 7/10.
M: Mid to heavy bodied with plenty of hop oils and a thin but dense carbonation. 8/10.
D: Wish I had gotten to buying this sooner as it tastes like a real no-nonsense west coast Imperial IPA – and fresh this would have been brilliant. Damn & blast my winter obsession with Imperial Stouts when an IPA like this has been sitting on a shelf somewhere. Here’s hoping Mornington put the kettle on for this brew again (the wort kettle that is!). As far as Imperial IPAs go this is one that I imagine in its prime could wrestle on equal terms with that mighty Aussie IIPA stalwart: Pirate Life IIPA – which is reason enough to brew this again. 8/10.
Food match: SE Asia again for a cuisine match and IPAs + Bún thịt nướng = Nirvana.