Double IPA No. 3 (Nugget)
Reviewed by Jez on 12.08.13 in bottle
Overall:
57 / 100
(Decent)
330ml bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

The bottle is completely filled to the lip, meaning there's no air at all under the cap, and the beer doesn't fizz with carbonation at all on uncapping. No sediment in the bottom either, so I guess this was just a zealously counter-pressure filled bottle. It does pour with some carbonation at least, forming a misty haze of white atop the brilliantly clear almost rose-golden body. Some fine but insubstantial lacing forms when the beer is tilted. Looks reasonable.

Nose is sharp, and slightly medicinal with a dark metal twang to the aroma, and an undertone of marzipan. Slight other nuttiness as well, subtle and with a syrupy note coming through. Hmm. It doesn't really grip me, and the characters seem slightly too harsh.

Taste is similar. Rounded and nutty on the palate with the malt presence forming quite strongly. But the hops provide a thin, sharp vector that tastes resiny, slightly medicinal and almost phenolic. Almond skin with a jarring bite of metal. The back smooths things out somewhat, leaving the beer a little smoother than it might otherwise have been, but this also means that it doesn't really live up to it's DIPA tag.

Feel is quite smooth, and perhaps undercarbonated after all.

Overall, this is only a slightly above average brew. Despite my criticisms of the harshness that comes through, after a while it just seems to end up pretty dead and flat, which is probably a worse fate for it.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.25