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Little Death Between The Tanks

Brewed by The Little Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 113   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
A Double IPA weighing in at 113 IBU (a measure of bitterness, with the human palate supposedly unable to distinguish anything too much higher than 100).
It’s packed with a tonne of new world hops – Citra, Cascade, Galaxy, Chinook, Simcoe and Motueka – and delivers the sort of tropical fruit explosion that such a hopstravaganza would suggest!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2016
Mildly disappointing Aussie double IPA. Might be a batch issue? This sample (BB: Nov 2016) seemed a bit dull and faded. I wouldn’t pick it as 113 IBUs. Pours a turbid peach with a negligible head. Big ripe tropical aromas like sniffing a jam factory. All the usual suspects: mango, passionfruit, grapefruit and a decent whiff of bready malts. Slightly lifeless mouthfeel - wonder if this has suffered a bit in the bottle? Age-wise, it should be okay, but I’m guessing it has lost some of its original vavoom. I’m still giving it a reasonable score because I love the style but I expected more, considering the consistent quality of this brewer’s output. (340ml bottle from Leura Cellars. BB: 25 Nov 2106)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dervock (850) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle - pours gold with a nice lacy head. Masses of tropical fruit, bit of pine and caramel. Bitterness comes right through, bit of fruit in there, dry lingering finish. Palate is creamy, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1926) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2015
330mL bottle from Slowbeer. BB 12 NOV 2015 Deep orange gold body, slight haze, small white head. Heady aroma of big citrus, pine, spicy, resiny, woody hops. Stacks of caramel malts underneath. Carbonation is restrained, body is rich, quite sweet, syrupy, sticky with hop resin. Stacks of hops on the body - citrus rind, grass, pine resin, unripe guava and tropical fruits, honeydew melon, lots of rich caramel and biscuit malts provide a big sweetness before being quenched by a relentless linger hop bitterness. Serious stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2015
Pours amber with a large head. Nose shows pine, resinous hops, lychee and massive sweet clean malt. Flavours include lots of tropical fruit and fruit confectionery along with heap more of the crystal malt and some booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (565) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2015
330ml bottle from Barny’s. Cloudy orange with small head that very quickly recedes to a film. Nose is full of tropical fruits, particularly mango, papaya/paw paw and passionfruit. Taste has similar flavours plus grapefruit and tangerine and is sweet to begin with but transitions to a nice crisp hop bitterness. Booze is quite noticeable. Medium body helps the sweetness avoid becoming too cloying, as can be the case with some DIPAs. Pretty good effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (818) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle from Plonk (May 2014). Slightly hazy mid-amber, minimal off-white head, massive fruity aroma, peach, pineapple, apricot, passionfruit, quite sweet but piney/citrusy hops dominate the sweetness, medium body, slick texture, sticky, resiney bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redknob (36) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2014
Fruity, hoppy, yet unremarkable. Sweetness seems to hide the bitterness and ends up tasting like Juicy Fruit gum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (625) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2014
Big time hop bomb that actually works and is very drinkable. Tropical fruit bowl if you like, i do!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (1430) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2014
BB 01Apr2015. Poured a clouded amber colour with a few millimetres of off-white foamy head that diminished quickly and laced poorly. Carbonation high and coarse. Aroma dominated by sweet floral and citrus hops - nice. Taste quite sweet followed by moderate level of hops bitterness; alcohol well hidden. Light body. Sweet and bitter finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1092) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves reasonable lacing. Resin, grapefruit and tropical hops mix with a little caramel malt in the aroma. Strong resin and kiwifruit hops up front give way to a reasonably weighty caramel malt body, with grapefruit and mild melon hops in the finish. A pretty decent Australian DIPA.

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