82 / 100
750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam back in Sydney.
Pours a very clear deep golden colour, with a light body to it. Carbonation is fine but swift. Decent lacing. Looks pretty decent.
Nose is very pleasant. It has a pungent wood-aged character, plenty of funk, and a greenness that has characters of cedar and peppermint. I get oregano and forest undergrowth—a kind of leaf mold, organic character. It's really lovely.
Taste is also good. It's got a lovely, thin, bright sharpness, that gives a metallic acidity through the centre of the palate. More cedar is apparent, softened by what I assume is that actual wood, oak. Finish is slightly metallic, with characters of pith and mineral salt.
Feel is bright, with a slight astringency from the acid.
This is a cracking beer, and a great first entry from this brewery for me. It's well-crafted and/or blended, and allows the acid to come through without overwhelming the other subtleties.
62 / 100
Pours a shiny gold colour. Slight haze. Head is white, with nice foamy character around the edge. Lacing is impressive. Looks good.
Smells tart and fruity. It has a real tartaric character like popping candy (for the record it reminds me of frootart chews), as well as typical acidic sour fruit character. Strawberry and melon sweetness as well. Yeah pretty nice.
Tastes a bit down. A bit more melon on it but it's quite rich and strong, with not much sweetness, lightness, and the tartness is just less pronounced here as well which is a bit of a shame. Has a kind of centre of a gobstopper flavour, candyish and not very nuanced. Just sweet and a bit rich-fruity. Yeah.........
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, decent body but not exciting.
Drinks a bit rich and sweet and needs more cut through either from acid or some bittering, it's ultimately kinda stodgy. Not bad though.