Day 23 – Beers of Auckland – Stuntman IIPA

Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014
DAY 23 – Stuntman IIPA by Hallertau

StuntmanTAP + BOTTLE: Stuntman IIPA
BREWED: The Beer Fountain

ABV: 8.5%
IBU: 90
HOPS: Lots and Lots

This is probably the first time I’ve had Stuntman IIPA in at least six months. Man it is tasting good. My memory of it was more full-bodied and a bit chewy. This batch is lean, clean, bitter and ready to kick some serious ass.

I only had a taste while having lunch at Hallertau today, but did bring home a bottle. Bottled in September, it has lost some hop aroma and flavour compared to the tap version but still a very serious beer.
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As I taste my Hallertau from my Spiegelau IPA glass I start to think maybe it’s time that there should be a taste off with Stuntman IIPA, Citra and Hop Zombie, all Double/Imperial IPA’s. From Three of the Four Horsemen of the Hopcalypse.

Maybe at the release of the 2015 Four Horsemen of the Hopcalypse, would be a good opportunity to do this. Because that is just what a release party for a 12%abv beer needs, a tasting of with three beer that are 8.5%+abv.

Anyway, something to think about.

I had some lunch. Didn’t get the burger (I know I should have for comparison purposes) I got the Chicken Arms instead, because of the cool name and it was one item I haven’t tried on the current menu. As you would expect they were good. I haven’t ever had a bad food experience at Hallertau before. Always yummy (get the Jalapeno Poppers). Also it was just too hot to eat a big meal at lunch today. So hot in fact they installed a fan next to me while I ate. How considerate.

Cheers Steve. Always good to catch up for a beer, and Merry Christmas. Shame we live on opposite sides of the city, as it would be nice to share a beer more often.

Yes, I need to get my Gin reviews finished, and updated. I hope to do this over the holidays.

Day 8 – Beers of Auckland – Hallertau #3

Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014
DAY 8 – #3 by Hallertau

Hallertau #3BOTTLE: Hallertau #3
BREWED: The Beer Fountain
ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 4 (I don’t actually know, but its pretty low)
HOPS: not many, if any

I had this the other night at the Lumsden Freehouse, but decided not to write about it as I didn’t think I could be very positive about it. It was not that there was anything technically wrong with the beer, it was just so incredibly underwhelming.

It’s pretty much a version of a New Zealand Draught style beer. Which is incredibly underwhelming. It seems as though the big brewers perfected a commodity they called beer, and convinced several generation of men in New Zealand that this was what beer tastes like. Now men have forgotten what beer tastes like, and are scared to try real beer (currently referred to as #craftbeer . This term will revert back to beer at some point in the future, and what is referred to as beer now, will then be known as #industrialbeer ). Experiencing aroma and taste can be a real shock, but can also be very satisfying.  That’s why you have those senses.

Well word got back to Stephen Plowman at Hallertau (thanks Joseph ;-)), and he dropped me a quick  email today. The email basically said he agreed with my comments, and the beer is boring and doesn’t sell that well. The good news was that he has already redesigned the recipe, and will be brewing it soon. So expect some exciting changes to the #3. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Craft Beer in Auckland

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