If there's one thing you should know about Blackflag Brewing, it's that they don't tend to trade in subtlety. Case in point: they dragged an entire halfpipe down the Bruce Highway and installed it at the 2021 GABS Festival in Brisbane. And Drop Dead Gorgeous, the latest beer in their limited series range, is no different.
A 7.1 percent ABV West Coast IPA, it sits comfortably alongside the many others in the brewery's lineup best described as "dangerously drinkable". On the nose, there's jammy stonefruits, citrus and pine. A touch of sweetness adds character and substance to the body but without getting in the way of the hops. Bitterness that lingers and notes of pine resin are unapologetic and give this beer a real big-ness.
There's some serious life to Drop Dead Gorgeous, and it's all neatly packaged in one of the brewery's signature and equally complex can designs.
- West Coast IPA