#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 65
Beer: 04_18 Off-Tempo Dry Hopped Hefeweizen
The Brewer: Bad Co
I genuinely have no idea what to expect…
Bad Co seem to be one for breaking the rules. Not only does this can have one of their unusual peel-off lids, but it’s also 440ml. A first for this blog, I must admit.
But I’m procrastinating because I genuinely don’t know what I’m going to find inside.
Ok, so it smells great. Really hoppy*.
It’s a cloudy hue and there were bits as I poured. I keep telling people that we Brits are too hung up on clear beer, but it’s worth noting again. The cloudiness and even the bits are probably good for me (despite this week’s “news” that the only way to completely avoid alcohol-related illness is to not drink alcohol**).
Ok, here goes…
When I say the first taste brings the word “interesting” to mind, it’s not in a bad way***.
It hits your tongue like a fizzy drink, despite having little sign of carbonation.
The aroma goes to the back of the mouth and into the nasal passage.
The wheat malt is evident, as are the light crystal hops, and the aftertaste is pleasant and enduring; possibly moreso than the actual drink.
While it’s clearly another high quality offering from Bad Co, it’s not quite my thing, but lovers of wheat beers will probably love this.
*One day I must look into how you describe the smell and taste of hops.
**This afternoon I will mostly be completely avoiding being in a road traffic accident by not leaving the house and going anywhere near a vehicle or road.
***ie “Donald Trump has interesting hair”.
Where in the North?
Ok, so this is an unusual one. The brewery is based at Dishforth Airfield, an RAF/Army station in North Yorkshire. Hard to imagine the pilots or soldiers going into battle after a few Wild Gravitys.
Dishforth was the first base to receive the Apache helicopter and had 16 of them, divided between two squadrons.
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