Blog Water of Life – Jameson IPA Caskmates

Water of Life – Jameson IPA Caskmates

Posted Dec. 20, 2018, 6:31 p.m. by T

Water of Life

Jameson IPA Caskmates / Launch at JJ’s Place

Ok, full disclosure.

I like a good boilermaker.

Ever since I got word about Jameson’s Caskmates series, a mild excitement welled up in me.

A justified one as their collaboration with local stalwarts Young Henrys was a delightful thing of beauty when it comes to hoppy influenced whiskies and whiskey infused beers.

The underlying idea is straight forward and based on an exchange of barrels between breweries and distilleries.

What on paper might sound straight forward – it is much more than a mere “beer with a shot” - is a complex affair that indicates the amount of calibration Jameson’s head distiller Brian Nation has invested in the creation.

Their most recent IPA Caskmates edition adds another layer of complexity to their game: A warmer and darker shade makes your acquaintance with a subtly aromatic nose, which rests on a solid bed of hops and oak.

Chewy and creamy, it serenades your palate and takes a surprisingly spicy detour that culminates in a beautiful sweet lingering fruity, smooooth finish.

As with previous Caskmates expressions, it is more-ish, easily drinkable and, if you are an IPA – and more importantly an Irish Pale Ale - aficionado, it is hard to go past it.

I specifically savour the citrusy notes the IPA left and, what I love most about a great IPA – hints of pine needles, which in this case via the marriage with Jameson result in dark chocolatey notes. Delicious.

What Jameson created is an utterly enjoyable liquid emission with an on-point flavour profile that leaves one lusting for more and with a very affordable price point, there is hardly any reason why your distinguished shelf should not be graced with a bottle or two.

Now, not a distillery to release a new expression quietly, Jameson did not merely host a launch event but a dedicated festival catering all things whiskey, beer and live music.

We were lucky to take in the festivities in Sydney, where apart from local independent bands, e.g. The Delta Riggs and The Gooch Palms, whiskey tastings were hosted by Jameson’s head distiller par excellence Brian Nation, live barrel charring was demonstrated with the Jameson Master Distiller and Master Cooper, sustenance was provided by locals Frankie’s Pizza and Continental Deli.

The halls of Sydney’s Commune provided a suitable ambience and was turned into “JJ’s Place” for a joyous festival that proved to be not only fit for the IPA Caskmates release and a celebration of Jameson as the prime distillery it is but would have fit in with any other serious music festival.

---

Photos by @k.a.vv

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Water of Life – The Gospel Distillery

Posted by T
Nov. 16, 2019, 9:35 a.m.

  If nothing else and no matter if you like whisk(e)y, this series should have gotten you excited about not only the big-ticket Australian spirit emissions, but especially about the ... read more

In Vino Veritas – Ninth Island and Norfolk Rise

Posted by T
Nov. 12, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

In Vino Veritas – Ninth Island and Norfolk Rise   For this instalment of our vino centric series we are going to zero in on Tasmania again as the previous ... read more

Punk Reader book review

Posted by T
Nov. 10, 2019, 11 a.m.

Punk Reader - Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global The University of Chicago Press   It has been more than forty years since the inception of punk – ... read more

Conjurer + Earth Moves and Armed For Apocalypse

Posted by Cheryl
Nov. 10, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

Conjurer + Earth Moves and Armed For Apocalypse KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland Conjurer's rise has been one that seems particularly fast with the band making huge strides in only three years ... read more

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century book review

Posted by T
Nov. 9, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century MIT Press   Some people say that an accurate portrayal of what is actually happening behind the scenes is the best propaganda. Fair enough. ... read more

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.