Pirate Life Imperial IPA

If you missed my first Pirate Life post or even my second Pirate Life post, then I will recap their story.

Pirate Life was set up in 2014 by Australians Red and Jack. They met whilst working at BrewDog (Australians involved in another part of the UK beer industry, whatever next?) They returned home, and after a couple of other jobs, they were able to set up their own brewery, selecting the lovely city of Adelaide (it is, we’ve been there) in which to get brewing.

In line with what Cloudwater have done for 2017, all of their beer is destined for can or keg. No bottles, no cask (you don’t expect much cask action in the Antipodes). There are still anti-can breweries out there (there’s a vehement one just across the border from me in Derbyshire), but Pirate Life are not one of those.

On to the third beer that I’ve cracked open.

Style: Imperial IPA

Alcohol: 8.8%

IBU: 120

Hops: Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic and Columbus

Description: To achieve a big flavourful IIPA you need: big malt + big hops + big fermentation. It’s a bit of complicated symbiosis between these three requirements and each of them provide multiple elements to the finished product. The malt provides the complex spectrum of sugars for fermentation as well as the main structure and body of the beer. The hops contribute bitterness to balance the malt sweetness as well as resinous piney flavours and juicy fruit and citrus aromas. The fermentation provides a big hit of fun juice (ethanol) and the vast array of incredibly important characterful aroma and flavour compounds.

Pirate Life IIPA is a big beer with big delicious fresh flavours that you should enjoy by sticking it in your big mouth.

I do love a beer that is stupidly drinkable for 8.8%, juicy, a spot of dankness, pine, bitter and a hoppy smack in the mouth. As the description says, it is big. The malts are big. The hops are big. The alcohol content is big. The bitterness is big. This beer is big, and very tasty. I paired it with a spicy meat feast pizza, and this was an excellent idea. Big beer goes well with big food.

It is right up there with my favourite Australian beers of all time, such as Prancing Pony Pale Ale, Feral Brewing’s Hop Hog and Bridge Road Brewers Bling IPA.

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