Total Score: 7.15/10
To celebrate the imminent opening of the new BrewDog brewery in Brisbane… I still can’t believe one of my favourite Scottish brewers, with mad owners who when being sued by the Elvis Presley estate for the naming of their Elvis Juice all legally changed their first names to “Elvis”, and who once laid claim to the most potent beer ever brewed: End of History (which has since been overtaken by another Scottish brewery: Brewmeister with their 67.5% ABV Snake Venom – the moral I guess being that Scots are lovers of strong beers). In any case I’m pinching myself that I’ll one day be able to visit a little slice of Scotland in Murarrie, Queensland and sit down for a fresh pint of Elvis Juice, slàinte peeps! Oh yeah, this is another India Pale Weizen after the BD’s Weihenstephaner collab called ‘India Pale Weizen’.
Poured from a 330ml can (hope BD does an Aussie sized 375ml when they open up over here, jus saying) into a Duvel tulip.
A: Cloudy AF and looking like a glass of OJ, apart from the sizable off-white 2 centimetre cappuccino foam head on top. The head retreated quickly leaving a thin foam layer. Looks aiight if I do slang so myself. 8/10.
S: Ain’t no proverbial spider-f__king with this BrewDog! Aroma hits you in the face like an overripe banana, and subsequently makes a bit of a mess in the process – I mean how do you clean mashed banana from your hair? You don’t, that’s how. Spicy clove and cardamom confirm the ‘Weizen’ part in this India Pale Weizen, yet hops are distinct in their absence (i.e. the ‘India Pale’ bit). 8/10.
T: Woah mama! Slow down 9 to 5 Wizard! That banana/clove/cardamom combo is straight outta the gate, smashing the palate like a Weizen freight train. If you called this beer a Doppel Weizen it would probably make more sense – there’s a hint of citrus and some pear as well, however the primary flavours are all Weizen. Also alcohol is a tad noticeable with a hot fusel character in the finish. When the palate settles it’s actually not terrible, just a bit too much of a face puncher is all. 7/10.
M: Medium, bit lighter than it needs to be, thin but creamy carbonation – as I recall the India Pale Weizen was similar here. 6/10.
D: Probs due to hop fade, not sure about the canning date, but there was little in the way of hops in this brew (similar to the India Pale Weizen). I wouldn’t race out to try this again – unless they brew it here in Australia and I can get it fresh. Again I liked the Weizen parts in this beer, but it needs more India Pale. 7/10.
Food match: Bratwurst with Bavarian spicy mustard – Ooo, yeah that stuff!