Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Ballistic Beer
What a time to be alive – especially if you are a hop aficionado and based on terra australis. The array of quality craft beer breweries popping up and channelling their alchemy in delicious brews seems to be never ending. Every time when I think that I have covered the premium sector of my favourite hoppy brew, i.e. India Pale Ale, another brewery appears on my radar that excites my palate.
Case in point – Ballistic Beer Co.
Based in Queensland, Ballistic Beer’s core range, i.e. lager, pale ale, IPA and European-style as well as a low-alcohol variation has been known to me as an institution whose emissions were yet to disappoint in terms of exquisite flavours – specifically when it comes to their limited hop forward expressions and with the “Sleep When You’re Dead” series having produced highlights that make me smack my lips merely thinking of them.
Needless to say that I was anticipating the new “Modern IPA” release of the Sleep When You’re Dead, which is now available for a mere eight weeks.ost of
I have had many IPAs, which were usually a constituent of a boilermaker along with a peaty Islay whisky. More often than not, the respective brews excel in one category, e.g. they are either tropical in flavour or overly hoppy.
Then there is this beauty: An example par excellence for how dankness can be calibrated with juicy highlights that rest on a solid foundation of the best of what North America has to offer in terms of hops - think a quadriga of Mosaic, Citra, Vic Secret and Chinook.
While the name might suggest that it is a novelty brew and the ABV of 7.2% might have you think that it is dominated by alcohol, the flavour profile is so nuanced that is drinks like a session ale.
I have always been a fan of Ballistic Passionfruit Brut IPA with its sweet stone fruity aromas that counterbalance the tartness of the passionfruit, which results in a body reminiscent of a citrussy, yet slightly bitter dry white wine, but the latest addition to the Sleep When You’re Dead series with this only temporarily available Modern IPA has taken things to the next level.
You got eight weeks to sample it, after which you should not despair as Ballistic Beer’s core range is sure to excite the taste buds of anyone remotely into the finer side of what beer can offer.
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