Total Score: 7.35/10
Back to the Bacchus then, much like Doc Brown [huh, my nickname is Doc too, coincidence? Maybe, but can you really take that chance?] I must find 1.21 jigowatts to power my flux capacitor so I can return back to the past: October 21, 2015… and no I can’t afford a Mr. Fusion to power the time circuits, so yeah, I’m going to need a lightning bolt or some Plutonium. Aside from that niggle I’ve decided to partake in a future beverage by a mad scientist who goes by the name of Ross Kenrick… “Strawberry IPA” it says… sounds like it might become as popular as my Nike power-up lace shoes if it catches on… well here’s to the future!
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed rust/copper body with a boisterous 1 centimetre beige head that slowly drops back to a lace blanket. Not a great deal of noticeable carbonation action going on, I guess that’s how these 2017 types like their beers. Still, looks tasty. 7/10.
S: Strawberry fruit upfront on the nose, more fresh and slightly acidic than overripe or jammy strawberries. Floral notes too… something slightly earthy… malts not really standing out, but a very fruity aroma nonetheless, it’s got a bit of funk to it as well, nice. 7/10.
T: Ross does it again! Yet another bizarre brew to tickle and shock the senses. Strawberry IPA begins with a slightly tart strawberry note, an odd flat sugar sweetness mid-palate, floral/earthy finish. Mild bitterness, and a fruity aftertaste. It really is another one-of-a-kind brew from Ross… not one of his best it must be said (I still love Snickers) but for the novelty this is right up there – I haven’t had a brew with unusual flavours like this since… probably Mikkeller’s Cucumber Witbier… which is apt because I consider Ross to be Australia’s own Mikkeller. 8/10.
M: Mid to light, almost medium bodied, with a thin but excitable carbonation. 6/10.
D: When it warmed up the strawberry flavour became more… normal… like what you would have expected from the label, it was like the strawberries somehow ripened in the glass. Overall though this is one of those “will it work?” brews from Bacchus, and on some levels it works (it’s still a tasty IPA regardless of how foreign the flavours are) but on another it doesn’t (the flavours are a bit too outside the box)… just noticed on the label this has Hibiscus flowers in it… there’s that floral note. All said and done I will keep buying Bacchus because: Damn it I want to see where this roller-coaster ends! 7/10.
Food match: Fruit salad???