Total Score: 6.5/10
Nice Cerberus shout out Green Beacon. This West-Coast style India Pale Ale: The Hound of Hades is brewed in collaboration of some of my all-time favourite dogs – Brewdog(s). Specifically Brewdog Australia, which is opening up in my current hometown of Brisbane, Australia. Which is f__king awesome for me and the many Brisbane Beer Barons out there in FB-Land. Hopefully, even though I wasn’t a fan of this beer [spoiler alert], there will be many future collaborations between these stalwart brewers at Green Beacon & Brewdog, as they are both favourite brewers of mine. Also the idea of freshly brewed Brewdog beer in Australia is getting me pretty excited.
Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Clear golden body with a decent off-white cappuccino foam head that subsides leaving fancy lace-work inside the glass. Hmmmm, fancy-schmancy, it’s been a while since I’ve had an IPA that didn’t have the letters “NE” in front of it. 8/10.
S: Aromas got that classic American IPA thang happening: piney/citrus hops, with a bit of paw paw, an earthy tone, and a crisp cracker/biscuit malt base backing it up. Yep, total American IPA aroma profile, move along – nothing to smell here. 7/10.
T: Piney/earthy tones upfront, bit of blood orange rind in the mid-palate, centre caramel/dry cracker/biscuit malt hints, with a medium bitterness in the finish that lingers on in the aftertaste. Touch of noticeable spirit in the background, not good in a 7% ABV beer, this brew is really not showing that typical Green Beacon subtle finesse that I’ve grown accustomed to – it’s a rough beer given its pedigree. 6/10.
M: Body is pretty damn good though: almost medium-bodied with a dense-packed carbonation that has a reasonable (but not OTT) amount of carbon dioxide to it. 8/10.
D: All rather standard and a bit pedestrian for Green Beacon & Brewdog, I’m actually surprised they didn’t try anything radical here, but I guess it’s a case of “what’s old is new” for them in that while every man and his dog that can brew is limited releasing NEIPAs and they’ve decided to collaborate on “a good old IPA, what could possibly go wrong?” Well, when you’ve got a base IPA as good as Windjammer, and you’re brewing this (frankly amateur) IPA with legends like Brewdog, there’s something missing, or a problem somewhere along the line. Either way like I prefaced earlier: I am not a fan. GB’s last brew (Barbary Coast) wasn’t great either. 6/10.
Food match: Sticky BBQ pork ribs with coleslaw and grilled corn cob FTW.