“A lightly hazy milkshake IPA, loaded with raspberries, lactose, vanilla and cacao.
With a light pinkish hue and soft carbonation, we’ve created something very different to our usual hop-bombs.”
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange with a finely beaded two finger crown atop. The head gradually dispersed and settled to a fine film with healthy lace following it down.
Aroma: Instantly we’re thinking creaming soda! It almost has that over-the-top artificial sweetness if not for the superb albeit subtle white chocolate note. The two actually marry together really well. The more we take it in the more we pick up this crystallised sugar character which reminds us of jelly and concentrated cordial. It’s fun but extremely sweet.
Flavour: An exact mirror image of the aroma: straight up creaming soda on the fore with a very mild hint of creamy white chocolate in the background. Artificial raspberry flavours all the way through it, finishing exactly how it started with just the faintest flutter of hop bitterness in the tail.
Mouthfeel: Kind of creamy but it’s a little thin for our liking. Co2 is a bit flat as well. The one upside is the nicely disguised AbV (7%).
Overall: We love a good novelty beer but if the brewery doesn’t nail it they can end up tasting cheap and gimmicky like the good ol ‘pop ale’. This one falls in to the cheap and gimmicky bracket unfortunately….too one-dimensional and far too artificially sweet. Not for us.