One of Batch’s summer 2016 releases, In the Shade of the Mango Tree is as exactly as the name describes. A lilting tropical fruit fest.
It pours a lovely golden marmalade colour with a frosty white head. It looks like summer in a glass.
There’s big mango fruit salad character in the aroma over a more typical “beer” aroma underneath. This is a combination of the malt bill and the hops which promise a fruity and refreshing drink.
In the Shade of the Mango Tree is a bittersweet tasting beer. There’s lots of sweet, ripe mango up front but plenty of hop bitterness sitting underneath. It’s a punch to the nose and tastebuds.
The hop bitterness does enough to offset the mango flavour so that the beer doesn’t become too sweet. It serves to retain the balance of the beer, keeping it cleansing to the palate so that the fruit flavour doesn’t become too overwhelming or cloying. Without the early hop additions it might taste too much like fruit juice and not beer. Luckily that’s not the case.
The mango flavour is often associated with big, bold IPAs, and it’s definitely becoming part of an evolving Australian flavour profile. While it would be easy to mistake this beer for an IPA, if you sit on it a while, you’ll notice the wheat flavours from the base coming through. It’s in fact a hefeweizen and while there are minimal yeast esters, the typical flavours found in a hefeweizen do come through.
It’s extremely light in the body and goes down very, very easily. There’s just enough malt in the beer to keep the ABV at a sessionable 4.8% but without it become too watery.
Swig this beer down on a warm day with some bar snacks, maybe some nuts, pretzels or bombay mix.
From: Marrickville, NSW
Beer style: Hefeweizen
Bottled on: 05/01/2016
Drunk on: 17/05/2016
Pair with: Bombay mixture
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