Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ölbeat 320 (BC17 #7): Fuller's Imperial IPA

Brewery: Fuller's 
Country: England
Style: Imperial IPA
Abv: 10,5 %
What about the beer?
Colour is amber red with a small tan head. Aroma has grape juice, dark fruits and caramel malts. Taste begins with biting fruity bitter caramel malts. Bitter dark fruits and sweet boozy malts take over with hints of sweet citrus. Towards the end boozy piny bitterness rises above the sweet fruity and caramel malty flavours. Aftertaste has piny bitter fruits and malty boozy dryness.

Heavy and biting Imperial IPA. The strong sweet malty presence and piny alcohol pushes this one determinedly towards the direction of barley wine, but I'm not that fussy about the beer style. Powerful show of hops and malts. Not the traditional Fuller's but still rich and great.


Since I see this beer as a traditional English brewery's showcase on a modern strong American beer style, the music is about London rockstar turning into American Western legend. You don't have to make it identical to be authentically great.

Billy Idol: John Wayne (YouTube)

From the 2008 compilation album The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, the song was written by Billy Idol, Brian Tichy and Derek Sherinian.