The Little Brewing Co
The Little Brewing Co Breaking The Cardinal Rule
Brewery: The Little Brewing Company
Style: Belgian IPA
Format: 330ml Bottle
First brewed for release at the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular 2014 (GABS). 'Breaking The Cardinal Rule' is a big bold Belgian inspired IPA Tripel. 'New world' US hops meld harmoniously with the traditional malty sweetness and Belgian yeast strain derived complexity of a 'classic' Tripel. HOPS: Citra, Centennial and Columbus. 80IBUs
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
You would never guess the 9.5% alcohol
Two words: bubble gum! That's what describes best the aftertaste. If you're an absolute IPA lover, you might be a little disappointed by this beer though. The Belgian sweetness balances the IPA bitterness to the point that there is no more bitterness at all. Still, I think this beer is well balanced, well done on the Belgian side, and the hop gives it a little kick. And don't let the alcohol % refrain you.
Nectar like colour. Extraordinary fruity nose & front. Grapefruit & tangerine with hint of pine. Oily smooth fruity yeast finish & linger.
Quite nice but nothing special
Another cross breed of styles . Seems to be all the rage these days and this is a good example . Nice Belgian yeast flavours with that common hoppy whack.
The most sessional strong beer we have ever had
After briefly speaking with the brewer he informed us that this beer is a Belgian IPA. Really cool artwork too. Served in an IPA glass the translucent golden amber pour didn’t manage to construct much head as it instantly collapsed to a film of foam on top. Average lacing. We’re actually quite surprised with the first whiff of the aroma, it’s clean and refreshing with big notes of pine needle, grapefruit, pear, musk and banana lollies. Underneath these crisp perfumes the sweet and yeasty aromas that are true to Belgian Tripels come through offering a great balance and good depth. What’s even more impressive is the 9.5% ABV has been well muted. Brilliant. In the mouth it feels quite oily with mild carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Initially we’re blown away at how smooth this is, the fore flavour offers sweet, malty notes with hints of banana and peach capturing a full flavour profile immediately. The mid-palate does slightly catch the mild 80 IBU’s with a pleasant drying effect as the bitterness moves forward and finishes with a hint of warming booze to round it off. Wow, this would have to come close to the most sessional strong al we’ve ever had. Packed full of flavour with an excellent balance of every ingredient. World class brewing right here, exceptional beer. Visit 2hopheads.com for detailed reviews.