“We said we’d never make an IPA, because Moo Brew (and Moorilla) owner David Walsh isn’t into IPAs. Then we made a Limited Release IPA and made Walshie drink it. He did not fire us. Plus it won a bunch of stuff. So here we are—adding an IPA to our core range. And it’s a lightning-strike tempting 6.66% alc/vol. Praise be.”
Appearance: Moderately hazy light amber complexion with a sturdy two finger crown. Excellent head retention and healthy lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.
Aroma: Pretty basic to be honest. Picking up slightly artificial fruits initially i.e boiled candy, syrupy stonefruits and canned peach and pear. Hints of pine and tropical fruit like mango and pineapple with a touch of orange citrus sweetness. Quite a mellow malt bill…semi sweet and grainy and it sits far enough out of the way to let the hops shine. Not bad.
Flavour: Yeah, again it really isn’t doing anything too out of the ordinary. The hop profile is throwing out similar traits to the nose – candied fruits, canned peach and pear, ripe stonefruits and pineapple. There’s a slightly more pronounced citrus character though. Grainy and kinda toasty malts are a bit apprehensive. Nice and dry finish with a lively bitterness in the tail.
Mouthfeel: Fairly sweet and well rounded, becoming dry and bitter in the swallow. Medium body and Co2. 6.66% ABV offers a bit of oomph.
Overall: Not totally convinced. It’s a little too safe for us, but then again all of Moo Brew’s beers are very conventional so they’re sticking to their guns. Gotta give them credit there.