I’ve stumbled across Doctor’s Orders Brewing at a couple of beer festivals, and have always been very impressed by their produce. Another of the gypsy brewing inner west crowd, their beers have always been to the extreme end of the style – exemplified by this black imperial pilsner, a far cry from the pilsners I was swilling back during my slightly more youthful days touring Europe during summer.
I didn’t look at the label prior to having a crack at this beer, but it was immediately evident what style of beer I was drinking – a black IPA. It poured black, with a big white puffy head, which left an abundance of lacing around the sides of the glass. Well-balanced, hoppy scents of tropical, citrus and grapefruit wafted off the froth, before tropical, pine flavours and a solid bitterness came through along with a lovely roasted malt backbone. The best thing about this beer was that it was brilliantly fresh smelling and tasting – exactly what I love to see in a brew!
The Doc has done something special here, using a pilsner brewing technique to produce a black IPA, and a beauty it is! There’s some big, beefy flavours and aromas, and great head retention. And an iron lung you certainly need – it’s a big bottle of beer, and sits at 7% ABV, certainly not one for the light-hearted.
Drunk: from the bottle