Big Shed & Ballistic Beer Oaked Guava Double IPA

Style
Oaked Guava Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

For many months now, collaborations with interstate breweries have been difficult, or at least different to pre-pandemic days, with fun days in the brewery typically replaced by emails or video calls so recipes can be finalised ready for a lone brewery brew day. However, as soon as COVID-19 restrictions lifted between SA and Queensland, Big Shed and Ballistic jumped at the chance to collaborate face to face. In doing so, they started with a crowd favourite – Ballistic's excellent Oaked XPA – then added in a few tweaks in the form of guava purée and a boost in booze content to double IPA status.

Pouring a burnt orange colour, the Oaked Guava IIPA has a certain juicy, tropical fruit sweet stickiness to it. The guava is definitely present but, in combination with the hops and malt, is joined by orange / mandarin citrus, not to mention a healthy dose of vanilla and honey that swings by to say: "Hello!" The purée dominates more flavour wise atop a sticky toffee and bready base, although that orange citrus and a dash of reserved oaky vanilla are present too, while a balancing bitterness works in nicely with the sweet, sticky mouthfeel.

Matt King

Published November 2, 2020

Name
Big Shed Brewing Concern
Address

1154 Old Port Road
Royal Park
SA 5014

Phone
(08) 8240 5037
Open Hours

Sun & Mon: 12pm – 6pm Tues – Thurs: 12pm – 9pm Fri & Sat: 12pm – 10pm

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