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Monday
May182015

BREWCULT BEER GEEK RAGE QUIT

Brewcult Beer Geek Rage Quit. This beer leaps from the shelf featuring a Warholesque image of bearded man wearing makeup printed in bright colours. The man featured on the label is alt model Matt Hofmann and he certainly gets your attention.

This beer is an India Pale Lager (IPL), a relatively new and loosely defined beer style. It can be roughly described as a ‘hoppy lager’.

Fermenting with a lager yeast can help create a light and clean mouthfeel with minimal yeast character, a great platform for highlighting hop flavour.  

This brew utilises Pride of Ringwood (POR) for bittering and Simcoe, Citra and Nelson Sauvin. POR is notoriously snubbed by brewers and drinkers alike due to its association with mainstream Aussie lagers like Fosters, VB and Carton Draught. Its characteristics are sometimes perceived as undesirable and unsophisticated.

The beer name, with its ‘rage quit’ internet slang reference, is a dig at beer geeks who may be up in arms over the inclusion of POR. It’s a sessionable 5.5% ABV and 55 IBU.

Pours a light golden yellow with a creamy, hoppy head rich with hop oils. Great tropical fruit and pine aroma. Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Clean and moderately resinous mouthfeel. Strong citrus, grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit hop flavour. There’s a slight dank/earthy aftertaste possibly from the Simcoe. Refreshing with a crisp finish.

This beer exhibits great balance between flavour and refreshment. It bends the rules when it comes to beer styles and challenges drinker’s perceptions of POR. Brewcult is ahead of the curve.

I can see the IPL becoming the next beer trend.

 

8/10

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