“Ziggy is a Red IPA with light red malts with apricot, caramel, and oak. Generous hops and raspberries provide tangy raspberry character. Created in tribute to the greatest rock star of all; Ziggy Stardust.”
Appearance: Bold amber pour with a very faint kiss of candy red. A two finger cap emerges and then gradually peels off. Thick blotchy lace clings to the glass as it ebbs.
Aroma: The marriage of fruity hops and sweet caramelised malts has us simply taking in the pleasures and forgetting we’re here to actually review it. We’ve also only just realised they’ve added raspberries to the brew so that would explain the strong hints of raspberry jellies. Getting wafts as rich as cocoa and toffee and as light as passionfruit and fresh herbals and in between is a mix of caramel, rose petals, blood orange, earthy and peppery rye, pink lemonade, paw paw and candy. Ooft!
Flavour: Wow the raspberries really rush the front palate. They bring a mix of fresh and artificial sweetness while the spicy rye and herbal hops combine to create this unique earthy aspect. It’s around now that the hallmark red IPA qualities kick into gear – caramel/toffee, mixed fruits, pithy rind and herbals which carry all the way into the well drawn out finish.
Mouthfeel: Slick, a tad chewy and dry in the swallow. Co2 is kept pretty low, body sits around the medium mark. The 6% ABV slots in nicely.
Overall: Interesting interpretation. The addition of raspberries and rye certainly hands it a unique edge. The base Red IPA was ok.. very pithy and bitter on the palate but essentially well enough balanced to handle it. Not bad.