The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #6 – Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack (IPA) (Australia)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #6

Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack (IPA) – Bridge Road Brewers, 7.5% ABV – 330ml., (Beechworth, Australia)

on the front-right label:

“Fat Man, Red Suit, Big Sack is an India Red Ale that showcases some of our countries great hop varieties, Galaxy, Topaz and Enigma.”

  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Taste: Creamy caramel honey malt soft bitter hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours dark brownish-red with a huge super foamy lasting head, a thick layer of retention, several steady singular st reams along the perimeter.

Nose: Toffee/caramel honeyed brown malts, half citrus hops. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite, creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, grassy, honey

Finish: soft-biting bitter hops, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Brown ale meets extra hops; caramel + hoppy bitterness, pretty good, especially when chilled.

India Saison – Nøgne Ø & Bridge Road Collaboration (Grimstad, Norway)

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  • My Rating: A-

India Saison – Nøgne Ø & Bridge Road Collaboration (Nogne O), 7.5% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front side label:

“India Saison is the hoppy, crisp and refreshing result of a north south collaboration. Classic Belgian malts and yeast, pungent Australian new hop varieties and clean Norwegian water. Served chilled and enjoy with cheeses and charcuterie. This product is bottle conditioned and has a slight sediment at the bottom of the bottle.”

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  • Style: (India) Saison
  • Taste: Sweet malty bready ultra-creamy grapefruit hopped light sour fizzy
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: I just love collab beers, it means twice the amount of brains and love went into making it, am I right? Pours light cloudy apple juice golden yellow with a HUMUNGOUS lasting creamy head, a scandalous amount of CO2 activity, sticky lacing.

Nose: orange blossom, lemon citrus malts, quite fruity (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra creamy-fizzy

Mid-palate: crisp (lvl-6) malty sweetness, (MAIN) yeast, malts, lemon, grapefruit peel, straw, bready

Finish: burpy-bloated, smooth ultra-soft grapefruit bitter hops, sour-bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Very drinkable, especially with a meal. I pretty much finished the whole bottle just trying to review it. Recommended, quite a trip.