As Lord Nelson continue to move with the times, they released this special Belgian-inspired Backburner IPA in beautifully designed cans.
The body of the liquid is a dark ruby. It’s rich and opulent and sits below a toasted meringue coloured head which bubbles away slowly.
On the nose there are some seriously spicy phenolics and these carry through onto the palate. There’s clove over subtle star anise.
The mid-palate is moderately sweet before a surprising amount of bitterness takes over the tongue and lingers there. The overarching experience is a cacophony of characteristic yeast phenolics and fruity esters, on top of some mildly earthy and piney hops.
These complex flavours swirl together, moving in and out of focus as they vie for your attention.
The aftertaste features a mellow bitterness that sticks around as the esters swell at the finish with some juicy plum notes dancing on the palate.
A Rewarding Style
While it’s branded as an IPA, it’s definitely in the Belgian style.
Restrained alcohol and bitterness is something that fits in with the English tradition of brewing to which Lord Nelson subscribe. Combining this with a Belgian style where the yeast plays such a prominent role is an interesting move from the brewery and one that rewards drinkers of this beer.
Belgian IPAs can be an interesting point in someone’s craft beer journey, particularly if the drinker is working their way through a range of styles.
It’s a complex beer with lots of different flavours, many of which will be familiar. In reality it’s not that challenging thanks to the toned down booze and moderate bitterness. It’s a style that could awaken a new drinker to what beer can be.
An Indulgent Beer
Backburner IPA is well suited to sipping at the bar from either a pint glass or a smaller tulip glass. If you wanted to pair it with food it would make a great accompaniment to a balsamic glazed scotch fillet steak.
This beer was released at the same time as Lord Nelson’s Quayle Ale. It’s a smart move from the longstanding brewery to tap into the growth of cans.
Between them these two beers also serve the desire among craft beer drinkers for something new and special, as well as for something more sessionable that’s suited to summer.
From: The Rocks, NSW
Beer style: Belgian IPA
Pair with: Balsamic glazed scotch fillet steak
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