Millennium Falcon - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.6/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75
Very oddly sized 500ml dark green gueuze-like bottle, crown capped and then foil coated. Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Self styled "Emperial IPA". Stats on the bottle claim OG of 1085, IBU of 100, EBC of 5.
Pours a very clear golden colour, astonishingly light in body for 10% ABV, with a fine and reasonably persistent head of quite light white. Lacing is spotty but fine. But I just can't get over how light and thin this looks. I've never seen a DIPA of this strength look so light before. (Given OG of 1085, by my calcs this gives a final gravity of 1010 or less, so it's not surprising).
Nose is sweet and hoppy, almost dusky with hops with a big inhalation. The sweetness has tones of butterscotch and toffee to it, while the hops give of characters of Redskins candy and fairy floss. There's a grassy, peppery tone to them, where the dusky, almost earthy character comes from on the back. Together with the toffee sweetness, it almost gives a chocolate character. It's very fascinating stuff.
Taste is sweet and slippery, with a pungent almost medicinal bitterness through the centre of the palate that nonetheless fails to provide a really pronounced bite of hops on the back. It's more the soapy bitterness of cardamom pods in the centre, with more malt providing sticky toffee and a hint more butterscotch. The feel is where this really just misses the mark for me: it's far, far too light to support even the mildly aggressive characters here, even with the restrained bitterness on the back palate.
However, the lightness gives it a hidden drinkability: perhaps providing a threat in a beer that is genuinely big even when it doesn't feel it. It didn't really wow me, but there's certainly plenty of interest to be had in sampling it.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2013 03:29:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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2.3/5 rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
500ml bottle from Platinum Liquor, into a Mikkeller wine glass.
Nice golden orange appearance with a nice creamy off-white head of foam that clings on to the glass and leaves spots of lacing.
Smells initially of passionfruit and mango and that quickly and solely turns to a light honey and it smells quite sweet.
Tastes of honey and little if anything else, just a touch of passionfruit later on. Very similar to the tap version, lacking hop flavour, despite the stats.
Sweetness dominates, a noted lack of bitterness anywhere.
Disappointing. It's great to see an Australian micro veteran like Holgate branching out to these sort of styles and commemorating their 1,000th brew with something. However, it falls well short of the mark.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 10:31:43 | More by MrKennedy
Millennium Falcon from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.