Doc continues to change his seasonal releases. Autumn 2017 sees the launch of Electrolyte Serum a gose-style tart rhubarb wheat.
Doctor’s Orders Brewing has a track record with rhubarb.
Doc’s use of rhubarb stretches way back to 2009 with one of his earlier releases, a Belgian Breakfast Rhubarb Ale.
His 2016 GABS entry, Serum, a tart rhubarb wheat, and Electrolyte, a sour gose originally released in 2013, combine to make this new beer.
It’s certainly taken some experimentation along the way but Doc has nailed the use of rhubarb in Electrolyte Serum.
Rhubarb In Electrolyte Serum
It’s evident both in the very light pinkish tinge that comes through in the liquid and in the delicate flavour. It also adds a natural tartness to the beer.
The flavour of the rhubarb is definitely there but there’s also a nice lemon bite. There are some banana esters and a nice mellow, rounded mouthfeel, typical of a traditional wheat style.
The liquid is a mildly opaque cloudy yellow with just the lightest tinge of pink from the rhubarb. There’s something of a head with small bubbles packed tightly together to create a crisp snow-white layer. But like snow, it soon disappears.
While the beer showcases the characteristic salinity of a gose, the elements of other wheat beer styles are there with a light touch of coriander and some yeast esters.
The components of the gose and wheat parts of this beer are harmonious and balanced.
With such balance and at 4% ABV, Electrolyte Serum is a refreshing and quaffable beer.
It’d pair beautifully with deserts such as lemon cheesecake, lemon meringue pie or a rhubarb crumble with a salted caramel topping.
Or, if you’re looking for lunchtime refreshment, it’d wash down a reuben sandwich or Middle-Eastern lamb kebab very well.
New Seasonal, More Cans
Previous Autumn seasonals have included Iron Lung, and last year, the return of Anaphylaxis. A picky market of beer drinkers has led to more frequent changes to the seasonal line-up. While some old favourites will be missed, the new beers are certainly exciting.
As cans become more and more prevalent in the Aussie market, it’s no surprise to see Doc go with it as the packaging format for this beer following the release of summer’s Tonic in tinnies.
The larger format bottles will be missed but cans are an accessible format. The label design is beautiful, possibly the best yet from Doctor’s Orders.
From: Sydney, NSW
Beer style: Gose / Tart Rhubarb Wheat
Pair with: Middle-Eastern lamb kebab
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