Hunter Cranky Pants IPA | Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)

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Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 07-07-2009

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by spicelab:
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3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750mL bottle from the brewery.

Turbid orange amber with a beige head that rises strongly before revealing less heft than appears, collapsing to a film over a couple of minutes with the odd spot of lace.

Relatively malt forward, lending plenty of caramel and candied sweetness to an understated organic and tropical hop contingent. Borderline confectionery level sweetness at times.

Again, it's mostly about the dominant, almost bubblegum-esque sweetness which seems somewhat tied to the yeast. The yeast strikes me as English, but whatever it is, it's pretty unusual for an IPA. The richness of the malt bill integrates well with the grassy organic hops.

Syrupy but quite light for the ABV. Despite appearances the carbonation is quite meek and provides very little penetration. Barely bitter at all on the finish. Curious.

Not a bad IPA, even though there's very little sharpness, punch or bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy orangey murk. Wow, head is great, dome rising over lip of glass with fine bubbles.

N: Not overpowering (which is somewhat odd for this style) but I'm getting slight tropical flavours.

T: Tropically IPA flavours, really delicious and well balanced.

M: Heavy but not as much as I would expect given the ABV of this beer, actually improves it's drinkability.

Overall, great to see an Australian brewer doing this style of beer. I wonder about the cloudiness but maybe I'm used to a clearer IPA. Great effort.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished gold colour, transparent with slow bead up the middle and a thin crown of surprisingly pale white bubbles. Looks slightly wobbly in the glass, good IPA look.

Nose is very hoppy, with a passionfruit/Sauvin character but a lot of tropical Cascade as well, nice passionfruit smell, hints of orange sherbet, not much else; just hops. Nice hops though.

Taste is a decent one, with a good barley sugar flavour on the front that descends rapidly, but subtly (as in, without an abrupt jolt) into a nice fruity, floral hop flavour, a bit of ash on it for some reason, maybe slightly salty, but the hops are dominant and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the amount of flavour it carries, although there is none of that 7.5% noticeable. Drinking is good: overly hopped, but otherwise well balanced and pleasant.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd tried this before (see review below), but the new version has ramped up everything and is a whole lot better. Currently brewed to 8.6% ABV. This version I tried at Paddy's Brewers Market Festival in October 2010. Scores are for the new review:

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange golden colour, with a full, creamy and voluminous head of off-white foam, that meringues up in a dome over the top of the glass. Absolutely lovely looking.

Nose is a big wallop of very genuine American hops, big citrus and ripe tropical fruits, and a faint but clear sweet malt note to back it up. Weaker and less complex that some examples, but nice.

Taste is clear and clean with great tropical fruit notes on the front, morphing into a very pleasant citrus bitterness. Hop oil clings to the palate, but cleans out the beer superbly. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and slick. It's a lovely note in an IPA.

Wow, this is a really great American IPA, brewed with aggression but finesse. Smoothly drinkable for all its intensity, and balanced just right for the style. This is a great beer, and one of the best examples of the style I've had from Australia.

Whatever they've done to change the recipe, I approve wholeheartedly.


Tried at Sydney's Local Taphouse Beer SpecTapular.

Dark coppery amber colour with a thin filmy head of white bubbles. Some lacing. Not extreme. Look pretty good though.

Nice resiny hops on the nose, with a light phenolic or butterscotch character which just detracts slightly. A shame. Some grassiness as well which adds a nice cleaning note to it. Not bad.

Light fruity Australian IPA sweetness on the front, with a very wimpy back palate bitterness to clean it out. Seriously this is not bitter at all and a poor, poor palate for an IPA. More like a weak amber ale. No bitterness. Mouthfeel very thin.

A really unfortunate brew. I can't say I'm a fan. I really think this is what is wrong with the aussie interpretations of American styles. The US styles are good because they take some genre and make it big and extreme. Here we take American styles and dumb them down, coming up with something worse than the original.

A: 3.5 S: 3.5 T: 2.5 M: 2.5 D: 3.0

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Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Local Taphouse St Kilda 7/7/09.
A - Pours a fairly clear reddish amber colour with 1cm white head which falls away fairly quickly.
S - Light fruity and floral hop notes with a sweet caramel maltiness and slightly nutty note.
T - Some fruity hops followed by quite a herbal quality with some toasty and caramel malt flavours.
M - Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Hint of bitterness.
D - Decent enough to warrent drinking again. However much more English IPA than American.

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Photo of danieelol
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to MrKennedy for getting me this bottle. Just reading spicelab's review below while I'm drinking and it sums up the beer excellently.

Here is my own take:

Pours a dark golden with a brown influence in the middle. Quite good head/lacing but it recedes somewhat rapidly. With the last bits of the bottle there are truly massive amounts of yeast, some of the most I've ever seen.

Nose is a bit of pineapple, a bit of macro-style yeast. Paw paw, coconut and some plastic. Definitely more English IPA than American. Caramel.

Taste is similar flavours- quite syrupy but also strongly bittered but in a way that relates to bitterness in the same way that saccharine does to sugar- the bitterness tastes a bit artificial to me. This might also be a developing minerality I notice in the beer. Notably the last pour of the bottle adds a notably more pungent and tangy tropical hop flavour along with a bunch of yeast.

Mouthfeel continues listlessly with moderate syrup and paw paw.

I cannot recommend this beer to someone looking for an American-style IPA (and I'm guessing that many would assume, like I did, that the ABV suggests an American influence). The syrupy caramel body is not without merit but would be put to better use in an English IPA/ English strong Ale type-beer (which one could argue, it already is). It definitely grows on me as I get through the bottle (was originally keen to massacre it ratings-wise) but that may just be due to its active ingredient. Fairly close in profile to some English IPAs I've had e.g. Worthington's White Shield.

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Hunter Cranky Pants IPA from Potters Hotel & Brewery (Hunter Beer Co)
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 6 ratings