Total Score: 7.35/10
These guys (girls) definitely have a fixation on IPA’s as they only brew one beer: An IPA. It’s all in the name they say; Fixation IPA. So what is this fixation that I am fixating on this evening? A West Coast style IPA, from that i.e.est of the i.e.’s the United That Is States of America – the UTISA. I’ll be honest with you dear reader, I am reaching a state of ad nauseam with West Coast style IPA’s, it’s just a combination of BBF [Big Beer Fatigue], a hot summer, and a double scoop of “too many West Coast style IPA’s” with choc chips. I will try not to let this bias my review, but FFS can’t we start brewing more East Coast style IPA’s in Australia already!!! [rant complete, you may continue with your regularly scheduled beer review]
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed amber body with a chalky off-white head that appears fairly dense and doesn’t fade. There is some nice lace being left on the side of the glass, and overall it all looks rather tasty – a solid 8 for looks IMO. 8/10.
S: Piney/citrus perform a wet hop slap across my olfactory senses. I guess if there’s one good thing about Aussie versions of the West Coast style IPA’s it is that they’re fresher than their American cousins by virtue of not being on a ship for 2 months. The piney/citrus note gives way to a solid caramel/biscuit base and you can tell from the aroma that the balance is pretty spot on. 8/10.
T: As above: Piney/citrus hops, a slight earthiness, hints of caramel, larger hints of biscuit, and a dry cracker note in the centre that lends itself well to this overall balanced flavour. Finishes with a mid to light piney hop character. My only critique – it just needs a touch more gusto from both hops/malt. It’s got a good flavour balance but it’s no Pirate Life IPA (which is simply exceptional flavour-wise and hard to beat). 7/10.
M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied, with a nice dense carbonation, nice! 8/10.
D: The overall sense you get from drinking Fixation is that it isn’t quite entry-level craft beer, but it’s not out-and-out ballsy like… again I’m going to reference Pirate Life IPA because that is currently my benchmark for an Aussie IPA: Pirate Life IPA. It kind of sits in this rather nebulous territory where it might become a stop along the route to ballsier [not a word, ring Collier’s] brews for budding craft aficionados. Don’t get me wrong though: This is good IPA – I’ve just been in this game for too long now [I need a parrot on my shoulder and a wooden leg]. 7/10.
Food match: This brew made me think of curry… a good sign for an IPA!