Total Score: 8.9/10
Thankfully there’s a Double IPA waiting to be reviewed in my fridge! Blackman’s Brewery is a new one for me from Torquay in Victoria (Australia). This Angry Reg is apparently based on their single IPA: Reginald. It’s going up against some stiff competition here in the ANZAC-o-sphere with Pirate Life’s Imperial IPA, Tuatara’s Double Trouble and 8 Wired’s Super Conductor, can it surely compete with beers of that calibre? Well there is only one way to find out and it happens to be my favourite way of finding out if a beer is good or not, and it involves my giant gob… that’s right – I’m going to crack open this bad boy and drink it.
Poured from a 330ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Cloudy orange/amber goodness in the body with a 1.5 centimetre beige cappuccino foam head on top. The head soon completely disintegrates leaving spider web lacing on the side of the glass… mmmm. FYI: ‘murky’ is an adjective I find sexy when I look at a nice Double IPA and this one is chock full of murk. 9/10.
S: Sweet Starburst orange candy with pine resin – about as West Coast as a DIPA from Torquay can get! Hint of canned pineapple chunks and grapefruit mill around in the background as well… this is Aussie DIPA is almost indistinguishable from a US West Coast one IMHO – absolutely cracking aroma here! 9/10.
T: Flavours of the above: Starburst orange candy, pine resin, canned pineapple chunks and grapefruit from the hops push the balance towards an upfront bitterness which slowly dials up towards the after taste – which is high but not extreme. There’s little to notice in the way of malt from this hop onslaught but I would place it on the ‘biscuit’ spectrum of malts. Finish has a noticeably “green” cut grass/herbal/cannabis slant as well. This is one hoppy monster of a brew. 9/10.
M: Mid to heavy bodied with some decent hop oils in there and a dense but slightly sharp carbonation. Great body, carbonation sharpness is the only thing that detracts though I suspect that has more to do with IBUs than anything else. 8/10.
D: Wow! After a lame duck of a brew in Moon Dog’s Mack Daddy to this titan of a DIPA, there is almost no greater contrast in flavour and quality than what I just experienced (at least from a beer reviewers view). It’s the equivalent of swimming in the Dead Sea only to be plucked out and dropped on top of Mount Everest for my taste buds, and frankly any beer that comes after this right now will probably taste a bit like it – i.e. palate fatigue is massive with this brew. Love it! 9/10.
Food match: You’re going to need something spicy to compete with these flavours.