Total Score: 7.9/10
So I was a bit apprehensive about reviewing another Wild Beer after I put Breakfast of Champignons into the “too weird for its own good” box. That was one crazy mother funker of a brew [I said “funker” calm down ppl!]. However I had a test can of this (i.e. drinking without reviewing it) and it was goo-OOO-od. So it’s take 2 for Wild Beer, perhaps I misjudged them? [well Breakfast of Champignons was weird – so no, I didn’t misjudge anything]. Anyhow, Pogo is one of those fruit-infused beers, which IMO is always a gamble that doesn’t necessarily pay off, but if you want a TLDR; This brew has passionfruit, orange & guava and is almost as good as BrewDog Elvis (lawsuit) Juice… just a bit lighter at 4% ABV though.
Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed goldy-orangey body with a half centimetre bone-white cappuccino foam head that wafts lazily on top like a passing cloud of goodness. Looks properly like a beer hey? Beers sometimes do look like beers. This pleases me. 8/10.
S: Aroma is more like a literal glass of passionfruit/guava juice than a beer. Like, seriously: juice. I kid you not. It makes me get all philosophical about the nature of beer – when is a beer no longer a beer? Is it the alcohol that maketh the beer? Or is it fermentation? And perhaps the most important question of all in this arena: why am I asking what beer is instead of drinking said beer? Haven’t the foggiest. 7/10.
T: Tasting very juice-like, with: passionfruit/guava/orange, and the added presence of malt, which brings in a caramel angle to this intriguing glass of juice. Balance is well done this time by Wild Beer, there’s a touch of sourness mingling with sweet and a light citric bitterness in the finish. Overall this is an easy brew to drink, almost to its own detriment – would love to see a 5% ABV version of this – that extra 1% would kick the flavour up a notch from mild mannered and unassuming to assertive and confident. 8/10.
M: Mouthfeel is rather well done thanks to the addition of Lactose: mid to light, almost medium bodied, with a soft but dense carbonation. Impressive body. 9/10.
D: Easy-drinking, juicy, tasty, if these are adjectives that you identify with when drinking beer, well, this is your brew! Personally I like this beer, however… [there’s always a caveat!]: it’s borderline too much like an alcoholic glass of juice – I can see that turning off people: Aussie “blokes” might call it “a girls drink” whilst ironically chugging down a flavourless Lager in the same sentence. 8/10.
Food match: Couldn’t get fruit salad out of my head… sorry.