Capital Brewing ‘Big Drop’ Double IPA


69860822_1170859873098156_695371238335315968_n“This beer has been a long time in the works. We’ve been developing the recipe over the past couple of years, with plenty of tasting, testing, twerking & tweaks. We’re stoked to how it’s developed into what it is today.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear bright golden amber with a puffy two and a bit finger head. It slowly breaks down and leaves a proper smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Dank, piney and pithy. Kind of has a touch of that weedy/herbal thing going on. Oodles of citrus – mostly lemon, lime and yellow grapefruit, subtle jatz crackers, unripened stonefruit, sappy resins and a bit of warming booze tickling the nostrils. It’s sharp and punchy but quite well detained. Smells the goods!

Flavour: Doesn’t stray far from the aroma with heady notes of pine needles, unripened mango and rockmelon leading the charge. More subtle notes of dank weedy herbs, sweet sappy resin in to bitter citrus i.e yellow grapefruit and rind midway. The citric bitterness really kicks in to gear late in the piece leading in to a dry, piney and citric finish which goes for days.

Mouthfeel: Fairly astringent to be honest. The booze (8.2%) is coming through quite aggressively. The 90 IBU has a lot of cut-through as well. Medium body and good CO2.

Overall: Can’t exactly say we’re fans of it but at the same time we don’t dislike it. How’s that for decisiveness! It’s just a bit rough around the edges and slightly unbalanced. This is probably the first time we’ve ever been critical of a Capital beer!