Blackman’s Brewery Juicy Banger IPL

Total Score: 7.25/10 WhiteWine1Flowers1CutGrass1Nonicpint1

India/Imperial Pale Lagers are a fairly recent thing and as such they’re not listed yet in the BJCP Style Guide (2015) and fall into the catch-all category of “mixed-style beer”. Also the last IPL I had was 4 Pines Grapefruit IPL, and if you’ll pardon my fruit-related puns, that one ended up a little pear-shaped. However I have faith that Blackman’s Juicy Banger will be rather tasty, why? Because their core beers Arthur, Reginald and Angry Reg are also rather tasty. They can’t afford to drop the ball now when they’re doing so well. Mental note: Have drunk Reginald IPA but not actually reviewed it yet… also I’m slightly disappointed they didn’t give this brew a first name like “Keith” or “Bruce”, oh well, time for Juicy Banger!

Poured from a 330ml can into a Stei… pint? Not sure which glass to use, nonic pint it is then.

A: Cloudy saffron body with a decent white cappuccino foam head that stays put at about half a centimetre. Rather tasty looking, and pale brew – ticks all the boxes, especially the box I like ticking: [is cloudy?]. 8/10.

S: Grassy, white wine, Champagne-like with floral/citric hops notes. It is a playful and moreish aroma that invites you to immediately take a sip. Though it is a touch (JUST A TOUCH!) muted and it would be better if it was amped up a little. But hey we’re nit-picking now, I bet it tastes the bomb, like a juicy banger bomb (were such a thing to exist). 8/10.

T: All of the above flavours, hint of grain as well, mingle together on the palate which begins semi-sweet, follows through to hoppy bitter notes and finishes sharp and dry. It’s an interesting combo – I like the slant on vinous flavours, reminds me of Wolf Of The Willows ISA (India Saison Ale) in that regard. One thing to note though – when a beer is this dry in the finish hops can add a sharply bitter aftertaste: this has that aftertaste. So if you are adverse to that this might be a bitter pill to swallow [literally]. 7/10.

M: Mouthfeel is fine – almost medium bodied with a dense carbonation, slightly burpy on my patented Burp Scale™ or BS for short. 7/10.

D: Floral, dry and tasty, though with a sharp bitter aftertaste due to what I mentioned above. IPL is still a style which will take a while to catch on, it’s like a Hoppy Stout – flavours which can be discordant make a brew a sum of lessor parts. That said I didn’t mind this Juicy Banger so much, it was alright. 7/10.

Food match: Fresh flavours like a chicken crunchy noodle rainbow salad.

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