Wig & Pen Venom
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Brewed by Wig & Pen Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
An Imperial Pale Ale in style. This is a very strong popular beer style in the US with every brewery having one in their repertoire. Strong bitterness is balanced by biscuity malt, stone fruit and piney aromas. Not to be taken lightly. A perfect accompaniment to a hot Indian curry!! Served 4 – 6 Degrees C.

imaragingbull's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, - FEB 12, 2014
Pours near clear orange amber. Well retained cream off white head and excellent lace. Aromas of citrus pine sweet toasted toffee, caramel and biscuit. Med body, chewy bitter hoppy balanced and finishing bitter resinous and malty chewy toffee ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 7, 2014
My favourite beer at the Wig and Pen. the beer to go to if you love hops. Fresh, hoppy, delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (2104) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2014
Old notes 11/2/09 Draught at Brewery, Canberra Copper bodied beer, a bit of clarity about. Holds a rocky white head. Offers plenty on the nose; citrus, pine, melon, grass, passionfruit, ripe apricot and peach, with a good slug of caramel maltiness in support. Full bodied, holds the abv well without being thick or cloying. Decent carbonation with a slickness to the texture, alluding to good dose of hop oils. Good intensity of spicy stonefruits and citrus on the body, the malt holds up well with plenty of nutty, toffee character. Firm bitterness to finish, lingers for a good while. Certainly one of the better IIPA’s out there in Australia, good balance and flavour!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 31, 2014
Not miles away from the SOS minus the smoke and spice. New world style but not over the top; resiny hops, a hint of marzipan (a trait I would normally associate with high ABV). This is a creeper as you barely feel the alcohol until a light head hits you an hour later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1404) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2012
Had on tap at the Wig and Pen A-- Poured a dark amber color with tints of orange. Nice looking fine carbonation beads showing after being given the glass. Half finger of light brown head that sat at film through drinking. Really nice lacing left while drinking. Lots of webs on the side of the glass. S-- Quite a strong Carmel nose. Big hop flower nose (I think Riwaka hops). Quite floral smell after the carmel. T-- Quite floral with some pine, orange and tangerine. Once again a big carmel backbone to smooth out the hops. M-- Creamy and smooth. Long lasting feel to this. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lots of resin with this. Solid stuff. O-- Thought this was double pale ale. Not a DIPA. To me more of a double pale ale by the ABV and body. Anyway, solid as heck beer. Not as floral as other beers using NZ hops are and has more of the US characters you would taste in a beer. Not all hop flower and perfume like. Really big malt body suited it quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjollnir (397) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2011
Hand pump. Pours clear amber with a small off-white head. Aromas of honey, toffee and pine. Malty flavour, mildly sweet, toasty, woody with a medium bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation with a lingering hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2011
Tap.Clear pale orange-amber with small, dense off-white to light tan head. Aroma of american hops-citrus, etc. with a significant bitter finish. Medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Exceptional beer. Aromas of burnt caramel and grass. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is silky, with a medium-to-full body. Amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2009
Third beer tried at the W&P back in may and this one seemed tame after the first two. Piney aroma, hops most of the way in the taste with some malt supporting, not big in body as other IIPA’s I have tried but it didn’t need to be. Tasted ok but the Hop Heads and Hopidemic were more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2009
Draught at Wig & Pen, Canberra. Pours dark golden with small, diminished white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit and pine. The flavour is caramel malt, tropical fruit mix and hops. Smooth, bitter finish. I’m impressed with the freshness of the beers served at the W&P and this is no exception.

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