Total Score: 7.8/10
The name of this brew conjures up a beer version of the “O Captain! My Captain!” scene from Dead Poets Society, in this version the setting is a beer garden with bearded men chanting “O Fixation! The Fix!” and standing up on tables with nonic pints in hand. Anyhow, Fixation has been for a while a one-trick pony in that they only make a single beer – their IPA. Which is decent but not amazing. So when I spotted The Fix in my local it was only a matter of seconds before I would ‘ave at it, knowing that this brew containing Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops (3 of my favourite hops) would no less be a decent drop than their original IPA. O Fixation! My Fix!
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Surprisingly clear golden body with a thin white head – this could easily be mistaken for a Lager if there was not a pervading aroma of hops coming off this brew. I do like my DIPAs to have a bit of cloudiness, and I’ve noticed the more hoppier DIPAs to be cloudy, so not sure what to expect now. 6/10.
S: Full piney/cannabis hop notes straight up and in your face (in a good way). Earthy/green herb and a hint of unripened mango rounds out this big bag o’ hops. Judging by this aroma it’s going to be one tasty West Coast DIPA, this is very much one of those “smells like a bag of hop pellet” type brews, and I’m looking forward to getting my quaff on. In fact it’s hard to tell if there’s any malt behind this wall of hops [not a complaint!]. 8/10.
T: It is reasonably sweet, so there’s definitely malt in there. Flavour hits with hoppy goodness: Pine resin, earthy green herbal notes and light papaya/green mango characters. Towards the finish bitterness ramps up but never becomes as imperious as some US DIPAs can be – it’s a mid to high bitterness, with the aftertaste a scorching whip of rocket (arugula) pepperiness. Very fresh hop character in a slightly rough around the edges package (if this was a homebrew you would be pretty proud of yourself, but as a proper craft brew it needs a touch more balancing). 8/10.
M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and detectable hop oils on the palate, just a little bit more carbed than it needs to be but otherwise fine. 7/10.
D: Better than Fixation IPA, and I can imagine drinking plenty of this on tap, however us Aussies are quite a lucky bunch these days with DIPAs like Blackmans Angry Reg and Pirate Life IIPA, The Fix falls slightly short of these brews. It’s still quite good though… this is a top Aussie DIPA in my books. 8/10.
Food match: Am I going to say Thai? Nope, maybe… ok you got me again: Thai.