Mountain Culture Beer Co.
from Australia (New South Wales)
Highest RatedChock-a-Block (65 / 100) Average score65 / 100 (Solid)
Lowest RatedChock-a-Block (65 / 100) Number Tried1
Chock-a-Block
Reviewed by Jez on 09.01.21 from a can
Overall:
65 / 100
(Solid)
355ml can from the 2020 Carwyn Canvent Calendar.

Pours a pleasantly murky peach-gold colour, with a very fine, pillowy head of white that settles out into a thick, fine ring. Carbonation is also very fine. Looks good.

Nose is relatively pleasant, with the main dynamics of a NEIPA—heavy dry hop presence and sweetness, particularly—but with actual aromas which are far more earthy. I get dry baked earth, chestnut and cassia bark, more than the tropical fruit you might normally expect. There's a sweetness to it as well though which stops it from at all feeling too dark and musty, indeed, it feels like it's still creating those tropical structures, just from different pieces. An odd mix.

Taste is also pretty good. Again, the hop character is slightly earthy, almost tending to a savoury, nutty note, with a hint of chalky bitterness in the back. Mostly, it's quite smooth though, and the body tidies away the rough edges with a big wash of lactose silkiness. Finish does have a slight hop-dust, pellety character to it, but it's certainly not as pronounced as in some of the similar beers I've had.

Overall, this is pretty solid work. I do feel like NEIPAs are either world-class standouts, or absolutely misguided flops. And this is one of those very rare examples that is neither—a solid, middle-of-the-road beer which misses the excesses of either extreme.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.75