Feral Brewing ‘Imperial Biggie’ Double NEIPA

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“We’ve taken everything you love about Biggie Juice and turned it up to 11! More malt, more hops and more alcohol make this juiced up brew bigger, juicier and hoppier than ever before. Rolling out in cans nationwide later this month, get your hands on some before they disappear…”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Turbid apricot hue with a finger of tightly beaded foam which gradually reduces to a wispy overlay. Healthy lace clinging to the glass as we hook in.

Aroma: Full on fruit salad juice bomb! Tonnes of sweet tropical fruits, citrus and stonefruit…namely mango, apricot, rockmelon, pineapple, green grapes and orange blossom. We’re picking up plenty of creamy oats and hints of lactose, some peppery spice, herbals and piney/sappy resins. That is bloody unreal!!

Flavour: It has a fair bit of bite upfront. Tangy and slightly bitter citrus, tropical fruits and some grapefruit acidity. It’s a tad pithy – orange peel and rind, a bit of pine resin. Dominant fruit juice sweetness and a mixture of bitterness and warming booze for days.

Mouthfeel: Quite a sticky texture to it, sappy and resinous with medium body. Co2 is spot on but that 8% AbV has a bit of a sting to it. Some creaminess from the rolled oats too.

Overall: For Australian standards it’s a pretty damn good Double NEIPA. To be honest we’d love to see the bitterness dialled back a bit…unfortunately we always find ourselves comparing all NEIPA’s to the American versions i.e Treehouse, Trillium, Monkish etc. Really good but falls short of being outstanding.