Mornington Peninsula #tinnage008 Brain Squeeze Hoppy Sour

Total Score: 6.3/10 PapayaMango1Lemon1Barley1Tulipglass1

Well it’s been a while since the Mornington Peninsula brewery pooped out a little can of #tinnage joy – last one was #tinnage007 Mosaic IPA which I reviewed in October last year (wasn’t a huge fan of that one actually… Mornington’s IPAs really are hit and miss – they need to stick with dark/brown beers and leave the IPAs to Pirate Life). Now they’ve moved on to a Hoppy Sour, which I’m attributing as a Berliner Weissbier as there is no such thing as a “hoppy sour”, least not in the BJCP style guide (ahhh, the trusty BJCP style guide). Can Mornington possibly recover after their near disastrous #tinnage007, which being James Bond’s codename really should have been a Vodka Martini-flavoured beer? Mere minutes will tell.

Poured from a 330ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Totally hazed Jonquil-coloured body with a very happy to see you 3 centimetre white head that almost completely dissolves… sounds pretty familiar given the proceeding review of Doctor’s Orders Electrolyte Serum, so I guess I got the Berliner Weissbier style assessment right. 8/10.

S: The biggest difference from Electrolyte Serum is how this one doesn’t smell like kid sick – a minor bit of hairsplitting yes I know, but an important one IMO. In fact Brain Squeeze has a fairly pleasing aroma: tropical papaya and lemon hops lead the olfactory senses on a (albeit small) journey towards Lactobacillus funk-town [population: you]. Thin otherwise, regardless job done Mornington. 7/10.

T: Papaya and lemon hops hit upfront with less a crash and more a gentle waft. Following this is a grainy note (urrgh!) and finish has a light Lactobacillus tartness. It’s alright… bit boring, but I guess that’s the risk you run when you dabble in the Berliner Weissbier trade. Aftertaste is a bit stomach acid-like… not great. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, touch of wateriness, light but dense carbonation, needs something… more carbonation? Maybe. 6/10.

D: Aside from burps being a mix of hops and your own sick… and, oh yeah: all of the above criticisms, this is another slightly lacklustre #tinnage from Mornington, whatever happened to those delicious nitro beers that were going to revolutionise the way Aussie craft drinkers thought about beer? Mornington? You guys were on to something there, then you seemed to totally change course and try to out brew IPA brewers like Pirate Life/Green Beacon/Blackmans/Feral/etc… look it didn’t work just stick with delicious dark beers please! 6/10.

Food match: One of Mornington’s delicious dark beers… or green papaya salad.


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