Doc has changed up the Autumn seasonal in 2016, bringing back a favourite of many Aussie craft beer fans, Anaphylaxis.
Doctor’s Orders Anaphylaxis is a Manuka-smoked, chipotle black IPA, first brewed in collaboration with Wheaty Brewing Corps in Adelaide.
The 2016 version replaces Iron Lung, which was the previous autumn seasonal beer in the Doctor’s Orders range.
A Lighter Shade Of Black
The beer is a deep, dark colour, just a shade off totally black. Holding it up to the light, it glints a mellow but rich burgundy.
The head is a desaturated butterscotch colour and it bubbles away into the ether until there’s just a ring of foam around the circumference of the glass. The beer does retain good carbonation and the head comes back with a solid swirl.
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Chipotle Fire
The aroma is a cacophony of smokiness, light heat from the chipotle and bold, zesty hops as you’d find in a resinous American IPA. The different aromas crash together with the unpredictability of a jazz drummer. However, as you linger over the glass it’s the smoke that comes through more and more.
The base of Anaphylaxis comprises pilsner malt which has been smoked with Manuka wood from New Zealand. This provides both aroma and flavour and the smoke is a complementary fit for the naturally smokey character of the chipotle chilli.
The initial taste is one of surprising sweetness, possibly from the malt base but perhaps it’s that capsicum type of sweetness. What quickly follows is a blast of bitterness from the hops before it smooths out into a balanced finish.
Sensations In The Mouth
The smoke and the chilli continue to intermingle, roughhousing the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat.
It has a mouthfeel like satin and it slips down very easily for a 7.5% beer. While Anaphylaxis is full-bodied, it’s not as heavy as it looks. The experience in the mouth is something similar to a good whisky, but not quite as extreme. There’s a gentle burn but a smooth and pleasant finish.
Pair With Complementary Flavours
You could approach this beer in a few ways. One is to sit and ponder the beer over the course of a few glasses, which is what I did, but it would be equally nice sharing a bottle with someone and pairing it with a chilli-chocolate tart with honey cream.
Beer style: Black IPA
Pair with:Chilli-chocolate tart with honey cream
Have you tried Doctor’s Orders Anaphylaxis? How did the 2016 release differ to the original? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.