Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just what the bloody hell is a Belgian White IPA? Will I be any the wiser at the end of this review? An odd type combination to throw together, but brewers in New Zealand are particularly keen on surprising and delighting their audiences. In the final run toward my 1,000th rating, I have chosen some beers from near the land of my nativity in Golden Bay and look forward to a few remarkable ales from a place where rules are usually only given passing acknowledgement by a populace who rejoice everyday in their surroundings, possibly one of the last places where there is magic.
So anyway, this beer was a lightish golden colour with shed-loads of carbonation visible in tiny beads and a head that sat as a film on top of the ale. A touch of hazy apparent in the body.
There is a sharp, classic Belgian Wit aroma. Sharp from lemon citrus and tart acidic lemon juice with just a hint of fragrant coriander seeds. To taste there is a flood of tiny carbonation bubbles, that succulent Belgian citrus and a strangely complementary orange rind, grapefruit and slightly resinous pale ale hop. It stays tart and juicy in the mouth rather than grabbing the tongue in a hoppy bitter finish, but is no less gratifying for all of that. A bit of a palate cleanser this one.