Total Score: 6.4/10
My (you see as I’m the Doctor in this scenario) Orders haven’t wowed me yet. I did have a stab at their Electrolyte Serum Rhubarb Wheat, but found it a bit too weird-for-its-own-good, which is surprising because I barely ever find beers to be that, but there you are. Now I’m giving Nucleus a shot because I quite fancy oats in my beers – they lend a nice amount of body to brews, and more body is rarely ever a bad thing when it comes to beer. When it comes to people? Perhaps, but beer “no”. So this brew is based on their 2011 Belgian oatmeal IPA named Pulse (they will eventually run out of medical pun names one hopes). Nucleus contains Target, Chinook, Citra and Amarillo hops, wheat, oats and malt, and an unnamed Belgian yeast strain.
Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed amber-tinged golden body with a healthy white cappuccino foam head that settles around half a centimetre, some bits of lace on the side of the glass, good head retention, looks tasty too. 8/10.
S: Spicy/clove yeast character upfront, cardamom too, orange and citric flourishes with a solid bready malt base. The balance between sweet/spicy/bitter in the aroma is spot on. Overall the aroma is very clean and moreish – this is one of those brews you really want to dive straight in to… and so I shall. 8/10.
T: Orange/citric bitterness and clove/cardamom spice strike from the front, mid-palate comes through with a dry/bread note – think lavosh (middle eastern unleavened bread), medicinal/slightly grassy hop finish. Bit too dry for a Belgian Pale Ale and suffers because spicy and dry flavours tend aggravate each other, which is a shame because there is a decent base beer in here – but *said in a Joker voice* WhY sO DrY? 6/10.
M: Also Doctor’s Orders (I feel like I’m questioning my own decisions here) how much oatmeal was used to make this beer? Because this is one MOFO mid to light body with a thin but dense carbonation – not something you would expect from an oatmeal brew… it’s a bit pathetic oat-wise. 5/10.
D: Too dry, too thin body-wise, but otherwise alright: would be my overall assessment of this brew. As the 2nd Belgian yeast beer brewed by an Aussie I’ve had tonight it is a reminder of how incredible these Belgian brewers really are at understanding yeast. Both of these beers have been flawed in a similar way and there’s a scientific term for it: high attenuation – too much here. 6/10.
Food match: Apart from a glass of water – crumbly cheese platter.