Total Score: 8.2/10
The third beer in Blackman’s “Lager Collective” series is exciting for me: Zinger Slinger New Zealand Lager – brewed with a decent roster of NZ hops including: Southern Cross, Riwaka, and one of my old favourites; Motueka hops. Should be an interesting mix with this almost India Pale Lager collection of hops with a solid ABV of 5.8% ABV. Their last Lager Collective brew that I tried (Juicy Banger) was an IPL, and although I wasn’t a fan of that due to the crispness being ill-suited to a sharply bitter hop back note, I’m reckoning that this NZ-style Lager will be a bit more even-handed with the balance. The fact that they haven’t called it an IPL is a good start indeed. Let’s crack this baby!
Poured from a 330ml can into a stein.
A: Niiiice pale golden cloudy body with a crazy white sea foam head on top that leaves some weird lace patterns on the side of the glass, nice and dirty – the way I like my martinis and beers in general. 8/10.
S: Herbaceous passionfruit character mingles with Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand style) grape and an earthy note, with background kumquat lingering on (Motueka you tasty hop you). This is a great and funky smelling NZ Lager – I wish most breweries made beers with character like this Blackman’s brew, it’s a curiosity piquing drop right here. 9/10.
T: Flavour takes it sideways with an odd-but-nonetheless-likable dry nutty character. Was not expecting that. Hints of the aforementioned: herbaceous passionfruit, Sauvignon Blanc grape, earthy tones, and kumquat round out this “unique as brah” NZ Lager. Finish is dry as a Bedouin’s underpants, with a loooong crisp character and mild bitterness. Borderline too flavoursome, if that’s actually a thing that happens… ever. 8/10.
M: Medium(ish) bodied with a light but frizzante carbonation, cloys a touch due to the amount of body it has, but it’s no biggie. 8/10.
D: This is a much better brew than Juicy Banger IPL – balance is spot on, flavours are plentiful and tasty, and more importantly it manages to find an interesting niche as a Lager – which isn’t an easy thing to do given Lagers as a whole can be quite boring and watery (macro Lagers do still make up a huge chunk of the beers sold world-wide). Is this a brew I would revisit again? Yes, yes it certainly is. This is the Matthew Young’s “Hey” of beers. 8/10.
Food match: Earthy nutty flavours always go well with truffle mushroom pizza.