Bacchus ‘Kakadu IPA’


imageThis is an American style IPA brewed with fruits and spices including Kakadu plum, wild rosella, Illawarra plum, Quandong Mountain Pepper, Pepperberry, Rain Forest Lime, Hibiscus, Aniseed Myrtle, Forestberry herb, Goji, Mangosteen, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Flax seed, Barley Grass. Basically rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and phytonutrients.

Wow. We have never had a beer this healthy! Poured into a shaker glass, we see a massive 20-25mm white head that’s big and foamy. Full of bubbles. Head retains excellently with very little change. Ubiquitous cloudy burnt copper colour for an IPA. Nose is full of flavours that we don’t recognise…we do however notice citrus, lime, berry, caramels, doughy yeasts, resins, and a herbaceous undertone. So much perfume. So complex. First sip yields decent bitterness but balanced with the malts and booze heat. Mouthfeel is moderate here and has good length. We get more resins, limes, grapefruit like bitterness/ citrus, herbs, some spices, and a fruity sweetness but not too sweet. There is a mild drying affect on the palate. Mild to moderate carbonation on the palate. There is some soapy, clumpy lacing down the glass. We note the Alc vol of 8.7% and as usual with Bacchus we are amazed by the smoothness and the balance of this brew. There are over 25 herbs and spices and most of them we have not drunk before. Fair amount of sediment at the base of the glass here. Such a complicated brew and we wonder whether all the 25 herbs and spices were needed! It’s nice that this beer was brewed from the Kakadu region in Australia. Good job. Nice IPA.