Brains Craft Brewery Boilermaker - SA Brain & Co.
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.46/5 rDev -0.9%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2014. Acquired a little while back from a supermarket. Described on the label as a Welsh whisky IPA - hopped with Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette followed by aging on oak chips infused with Penderyn whisky.
Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of mild biscuit, oak, subtle whisky, a twinge of pine, earthy yeast and a whiff of booze. Warming and nicely rounded but not particularly hoppy.
Tastes of caramel malt with a subdued hop character and a lingering finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, faint roasted grain, oak/wood, mild pine, a hint of whisky, a whisper of vanilla, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a restrained piny bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter pine, warming whisky notes and caramel.
I wouldn't call it a wildly successful IPA, but it is a decent brew. Certainly possesses more character than most Brains output. Looks good, with a nice head. The aroma and flavour are malt-heavy and suffused with woody whisky notes that add depth. A hint of pine makes itself known. Pleasant body. The mild booziness makes it all the more drinkable - goes down easily enough. Worth a punt if you stumble across it.
04-15-2014 22:12:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (England)
3.61/5 rDev +3.4%
330ml Bottle BBD end of May 2014, poured into tumbler at home 4th Oct 2013.
Looked good, nice copper hue to the reddy brown body, medium depthoff-white/white head that hung around for a while.
Wasn't too sure what a 'Welsh Whiskey IPA' would or should taste like: I was pleasantly surprised. The hops were well hidden in both the smell and taste, with a malty front dominating the proceedings throughout: hints of whisky did appear within the aroma and flavourings, but not enough to put me off the beer (like Innes and Gunn's tend too). I am not a fan of citrus flavoured hops and although the rear label claims it has 'a fragrant citrus aroma' I'm pleased to say my nose didn't notice it .
All in all an interesting and different brew that I enjoyed during a random tasting evening with myself!
10-07-2013 06:46:18 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
"Boilermaker is a copper-coloured IPA brewed with Ben and Tom from Thinking Drinkers. Brewed with Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette hops and matured with Penderyn whisky infused oak chips in casks from the distillery, the arts of distillation and brewing combine to create an epic Welsh IPA adorned with a fragrant citrus aroma, a touch of spice with hints of vanilla and a warm whisky finish."
Pours an amber colour with a decent white head.
Smells of sweet caramel/toffee-like malts, maybe some vanilla too?
Tastes very malt forward, where are those hops?! Vanilla, toffee, lingering artificial vanilla taste. Warming though.
Overall not very impressive. Not sure whether that's down to the quality of the brewing or the whiskey.
01-25-2013 00:02:46 | More by CwrwAmByth
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 08/2014, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the label states that it is a collaboration brew with “Thinking Drinkers” (who are they?), brewed with “Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette hops and matured with Penderyn whisky infused oak chips in casks from the distillery”, hence the dubbed term “Welsh Whisky” IPA.
A: pours a dark reddish amber colour, coming with very light carbonation and a thin off-white foamy head.
S: overripe pear-ish esters, prunes, sultanas, flowery hints reminiscent of both Cascade and Styrian Golding (in this case, “Willamette” then, as SG and W. share certain similarities to Fuggles), and a rather astringent feed of burned caramelised oranges mixed with black tea, honey and sour-sweet malts… On the balance the aroma is not very well executed, and estery elements seem to have imparted too much influence. Whisky oak chips? Can’t smell any associated goodies; rather, a lightly funk-like sourness of oxidised fruits does make its way into the beer.
T: better on the palate, the softly-carbonated foretaste has bitter-sweet caramel maltiness, jammy prunes and old citrus, edged by a mildly dry-ish touch as from oak-ageing and light acidity. The finish comes slightly dry, chewy, bitter-sweet root herbal, without those complicating oxidised fruit factors identified on the nose. In general, neither is the hop performance (aroma, flavour, and bitterness) enough to warrant itself an IPA (esp. given very pronounced varieties applied), nor is the oak-chip-ageing assertive to render “hints of vanilla and a warm whisky finish” promised on the back label. But the flavour simply… works.
M&O: softly carbonated but at times flat-ish as it goes, this medium+ bodied beer to me tastes more like a robust and fruity Premium Bitter than a more Americanised, big and hoppy interpretation of an IPA. Quite drinkable for a 6.5%abv., regardless of the beer style that it purports to be, but this is not something I’m likely to revisit in the near future.
12-29-2013 18:58:57 | More by wl0307
Brains Craft Brewery Boilermaker from SA Brain & Co.
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