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  • Pirate Life IIPA

Pirate Life Brewing

Pirate Life IIPA

$14.50 $14.50

Country: Australia

Brewery: Pirate Life Brewing

Style: Imperial IPA

Format: 500ml Can

ABV: 8.8%

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

Product Reviews

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  1. 4 Star Review Similar to ipa

    Taste of IPA but more alcohol, probably a party favourite

  2. 5 Star Review Potentially Dangerous

    A beer with this much alcohol that is this easy to drink-due to its incredible balance- ought to be illegal! With an excellent colour to boot.

  3. 5 Star Review Best balance

    Probably the best balanced beer I’ve had to date. A hop bomb that has enough malt and alcohol to make it not overpowering. IIPA’s aren’t my first choice but this particular one is one of my favourites all time!

  4. 5 Star Review WOW

    This is a mighty beer. Massive malt flavour, equally massive hops to balance it out, and lots of alcohol, although it doesn't taste as boozy as some others I've tried. This is a completely balanced beer - lots of everything, but not too much of anything, and everything works perfectly together. This was the first IIPA I tried, and remains very close to my favourite beer ever. Cheers.

  5. 5 Star Review Best beer I have tried in Oz

    I cant say enough about this beer, it is just total craft. The high alcohol content is just weaved so well into this perfectly balanced IIPA. Its that kind of drink that makes you look back at the glass and admire it after every sip.

  6. 5 Star Review best beer in Australia

    In the top 5 best beers I have tried. up there with heady Topper and Very Hazy.

  7. 5 Star Review A Pirates life for me

    This is now my go to beer after work! get you where you need to be and bloody awesome beer

  8. 4 Star Review Don't let this one go through to the KIIPA

    Really enjoyed the mix of hops in this one.Changed flavour nicely as it warmed up. Not to be missed.

  9. 5 Star Review As good as Kiwi Brew

    Finally an Australian IIPA that can be equivalent of our Kiwi brothers

  10. 5 Star Review Excellent

    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!

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