Revel X BiG Shed ‘Neo Mexicanus’ Black IPA

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“Teaming up with our friends from South Australia – Big Shed Brewing, we bring you this Neo-Mexicanus hopped Black IPA.  Neo-Mexicanus hops are described as wild and rebellious, and are native to the mountains of New Mexico. Providing unique flavours in the beer including tropical fruit, coconut, tobacco, and ‘purple’.  The triangle represents our synaesthesia of bringing the flavours of these three hops together, in perfect harmony, to create this unique and tasty beer!  Black IPA with rad hops – badass!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Dark cola pour with a tan head which swells to about two fingers before slowly retracting. Nice wavy lace clings to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Packing a good punch and with a few subtle points of difference…surely due to the New Mexican (by the way we mean the US state New Mexico not the country) hop variety aptly named ‘Neo Mexicanus’. All the fan favorites are here in abundance; coffee, chocolate, burnt toffee, pine, oily citrus and resin but the Neo Mexicanus hops add a very delicate addition of tropical fruit and coconut flesh to the mix. Diggin it.

Flavour: Nods all round at the moment. Kicks off with a short and sharp cameo of piney hops, coffee and tobacco then it’s straight into the burnt and ashy roasted malts. It’s immediately countered by an acidic line of pithy bitterness before it finishes on a rather dry and bitter note but with vigorous coffee and roasted qualities going the distance on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Kind of soft and oily with an assertive bitterness developing in the swallow. Medium body, low-ish Co2. The 6.5% ABV is nicely poised.

Overall: Reviewing this one was a no-brainer really. On one hand we’ve got the masters from SA and on the other the up and comers from Qld. We’ve really been liking what Revel have been doing lately and this solid black IPA is another feather in the hat for them. Kudos.