Batch Dank DIPA (double India Pale Ale) is very light in colour for such a boozy IPA. There is a little bit of haze to the golden body but it’s not the amber colour you sometimes expect from strong IPAs.
As soon as you flip the crown seal on the bottle, the aromas of grapefruit and a touch of mango come flooding out. Stick your nose in the glass and it’s like falling into a fruit salad.
The aromas hold true for the duration, not fading but bashing your nose with tropical fruits and dank, sticky hop aromas ever time you go for a taste.
Sipping at it, you’ll find a BIG resin character, both in flavour and mouthfeel. The caress across your tongue feels like satin. The taste has that organic, green resinous, pine, hop flavour. There’s a bit of earthiness but the grapefruit and sticky pine sap smother your tastebuds.
It’s frighteningly sessionable. It’s so light in the body and mouthfeel that you can knock it back without thinking about it. It’s a dangerous thing to do at 7.3% so watch out!
As well as the strong, fresh green taste, it’s also bitter, incredibly bitter. But it’s in that satisfying way that you’d expect from a double IPA.
The strength of the flavours and the solid bitterness make this difficult to pair with food. Many suggest pairing IPAs and double IPAs with spicy foods but I’m not a massive fan.
If you did go down this road though, a big hot Indian curry would be fantastic, just make sure you have a heap of popadoms and mango chutney to go with it. You’re going to have to play on that fruity flavour between the chutney and the hops, as well as the strong spice and strong bitterness.
The beer is fairly well carbonated so hopefully that’ll do some work towards cleansing the palate, or at least lifting the hot curry from your mouth.
Beer style: Double IPA
Pair with: Indian curry with mango chutney and popadoms
Leave a comment if you’ve tried Batch Dank IPA and let me know what you thought.