“This one is for all slaves to the hops. Loaded with insane amounts of HBC-692 (Talus?), Citra and Mosaic. Crack one open and listen to Grace Jones.”
Appearance: Light golden amber with a faint haze. It forms a humongous four finger head which takes an eternity to reduce. Once it does it leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.
Aroma: Interesting to say the least. We keep picking up a subtle hint of smoky bacon but it fades away as it settles. Bizarre. That’s not before the initial wafts of soft tropical fruits, weedy herbals, candied lemon, ginger, citronella and yellow grapefruit. Hardly a hint of malt in sight! Maybe a flutter of wheat grains/hay but that’s it.
Flavour: It’s mostly centred around this slightly artificial candied lemon character which gets a little cloying we must admit. It’s flanked by yellow grapefruit, sticky pine resin and weed/herbals. A touch of wheat grains coming through before an oily finish with herbals and warming booze in the tail.
Mouthfeel: A little sharp and prickly, oily, mild-medium body. Spritzy Co2. The 8.2% ABV shows a little but it’s fairly well behaved.
Overall: Not liking this emphasis on the candied lemon quality, it gets a bit much by the end. It’s also a little unbalanced and puckering as well. This was our first crack at this German brewery and it’s most likely our last.