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Saturday
Nov012014

BLACKDOG LEADER OF THE PACK IPA

Blackdog Leader of the Pack IPA. I had heard good things about Blackdog so when I saw it on the shelves I thought I better check it out.

Blackdog Brewery is the brainchild of James Booth, a winemaker at Taminick Cellars located in Kelly country at Glenrowan, Victoria. After years of homebrewing he decided to dabble in commercial brewing in 2011.

Starting with a 70 litre setup, James took the plunge and started up a larger scale brewery in 2013 naming it Black Dog Brewery inspired by his pet dog.

Leader of the Pack is an American IPA. On the malt front is Maris Otter, Golden Promise, Munich, Vienna and Crystal malts. The hop bill is apparently tweaked a bit may include a range of hops including Citra, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Warrior, Simcoe, Stella, Columbus, Centennial and Nelson Sauvin. I couldn’t find details of the IBU but it’s 6.2% ABV.

A reddy/amber colour, quite dark for an IPA. Fine, light brown head with a tinge of green and small bubbles of hop oils. Sweet, biscuity malt aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Starts with a sweet and not overly biscuity malt flavour, leading into a strong citrus, pine and grapefruit hop flavour.

There’s a relatively strong lip smacking hop bitterness with a dry finish. As it warms up it starts to get a bit of a resinous mouthfeel. I bought a six pack and noticed some variations between bottles. Namely, some had a much more pronounced pine hop flavour than others.

This is a refreshing and flavour packed IPA. It has plenty of hop and malt flavour and is well balanced. Being well under 7% ABV it doesn’t have any bittersweet or boozy flavours that some other American IPAs have.

If this was beer was a dog it would be a Kelpie, trusty and reliable.

 

8/10

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