Monday, 13 January 2014

Beer Tasting: Weird Beard Little Things That Kill Batch 3

Packed full of Cascade, Centennial and Nelson Sauvin, this is the most recent iteration from Weird Beard's Little Things That Kill series of low-ABV pale ales - or session IPA, if you like. This one is far and away my favourite, and it clocks in at 3.4% ABV. The hop character is clear and expressive and balances perfectly against the restrained pale malt sweetness. Seriously, to achieve the kind of hop depth that's present here while keeping the beer drinkable and not overly bitter is no mean feat. Upon reflection, this isn't only Weird Beard's best Little Things That Kill beer, it is (in my opinion) their best overall beer to date. If you see a bottle, buy it and drink it immediately because I would imagine the nuance currently present in the beer will fade away quickly.

Tasting notes:

Pours clear gold, lightly effervescent with a sturdy, frothy white head. The aroma is unbelievably gorgeous, loaded with pithy grapefruit and lightly pissy nelson; it actually brings to mind something from Hill Farmstead, like their Walden (4% ABV, hopped with Motueka, Amarillo and Simcoe). Light sweet flavor with delicate, lightly dry pale malt sweetness, upon which the hops do sing. Just lots more grapefruit pith, lemon rind, pee - I love it. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Perfectly balanced to finish with mild pale, biscuity malts, faint pine needle resin, more grapefruit pith, faint tangy tangerine and lemon. Gorgeous. This is far and away this best beer I have had from this brewery. (Score: 4.4/5.0)

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