Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange -gold in colour with a white head that got sick of me typing the blurb on the side of the bottle and decided to sink into a white film across the top of the beer and good lace down the side of the glass. There is a slight haze to the beer, but I would expect it to clear in due course. The aroma is of pungent resinous hops and a good face full of marmalade. I rather like marmalade. I get the toffee and caramel alluded to on the label. This beer was not short of aroma hops. The first thing that strikes you is that there is a bit of a lack of body and then you’re distracted by an explosive blast of bittering hops. They seem to rush at you at once, whooping and screaming and then as the horde passes through you’re left with a few stragglers and a reminder that while the bitterness is gratifying, the body could have been a little more fulsome. Flavours of orange peel and marmalade, green meadow grasses and chlorophyll, green hop cones and soft juicy cordials. I was torn when awarding marks for this beer because this really deserves a few penalty points for the body. This should have been IPA city but I categorised it as a golden ale as per what the label said. It should have been thick and robust. It should have been a contender to threaten the Hodgson IPA from Ben Middlemiss that I had just before (a beer I unashamedly adore that I awarded 4.5). It is that initial sweet, juicy beginning that misleads you down the garden path. Metaphorically, you’ll find yourself in a place you weren’t expecting, but that isn’t such a bad place.