Pirate Life Brewing
Pirate Life IIPA
Brewery: Pirate Life Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Format: 500ml Can
Introducing the Pirate Life IIPA
Crafting great beer is all about balance. At one end of the scale, if you're brewing a delicate Western European lager, you have to ensure that the four ingredients work in harmony. These more delicate styles take incredible skill to brew well as there's nowhere to hide any miscalculations or mistakes throughout production.
Launching to the almost extreme opposite, the realm of IIPAs, balance, surprisingly, is still a defining factor. Instead of delicacy in balance, it's now big flavour in balance.
Simplistically, to achieve a big flavourful IIPA you need: Big Malt + Big Hops + Big Fermentation.
It's a bit of complicated symbiosis between these three requirements and each of these three provide multiple elements. The malt provides the complex spectrum of sugars for fermentation as well as the main structure and body of the beer. The hops contribute bitterness to balance the malt sweetness as well as resinous piney flavours and juicy fruity-citrusy aromas. The fermentation provides us with a big hit of fun juice (ethanol) and the vast array of incredibly important characterful aroma and flavour compounds.
Not sure if that was too far off track, anyway, what you needed to take away from that was: Pirate Life IIPA is a big beer with big delicious fresh flavours that we hope you will enjoy by sticking it in your big mouth. Peace.
Featuring Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, Mosaic hops, 120 IBUS.
Rated 98 out of 100 on Ratebeer.com
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
As good as Kiwi Brew
Finally an Australian IIPA that can be equivalent of our Kiwi brothers
Nice bright amber with a slight golden-orange hue laced through. A healthy two finger crown is generated but it eventually collapses to a fine sheet over the top. Laced reasonably well. We've been eagerly waiting to try this IPA and the first whiff does not disappoint! It's absolutely packed full of tropical and citric fruits like grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, lychee, peach and rockmelon. Certainly some pine and hints of citrus peel also pushing through. A solid malt backing too, but it's the hop show here. The bill of Centennial, Columbus, Mosaic and Simcoe take charge and we love it!! Superb aroma. The mouth feel is sharp and slightly astringent, but that's to be expected when the ABV weighs in at a brawny 8.8%. There is a bold dryness but again a good malt profile smooths it over with a full coating of the mouth. Co2 is medium and so to is the body. A delicious burst of fruits is amplified by the prickly alcohol burn upfront. A delicate malt is introduced as it all carries through the mid, but once again the hops dominate as an aggressive bitterness takes hold of the tongue. A somewhat sharp piney note develops late and leads in to a dry, citric finish with excellent length on the back end. Brilliant IPA!
Great IIPA, I've never had better.
An Aussie American IPA
Big fruity, hoppy notes with a high bitterness and perfectly balanced malt profile. The beer has been filtered to the extreme which makes me wonder how much more flavour there could have been if left unfiltered.