ISG is the summer seasonal for 2017/2018 from Shenanigans Brewing Co.
Shenanigans ISG (or India Session Grisette) has a cloudy, lemon yellow body. The liquid sits under a cap of white froth that subsides after a little while. There may be some particles in suspension which become more evident if you pour aggressively from the can.
There’s bold orange peel up front and this is a prominent flavour that lasts throughout the experience of drinking the beer. There’s also a fair whack of pineapple, as well as some passionfruit, grapefruit and freshly mowed grass on the nose, all of which are contributed by a hop regime featuring the likes of Citra and Galaxy.
Within the mid-palate you’ll find a cereal flavour which can be a character in some grisettes. This interpretation of the style is light in texture and crisp on the finish before a slight bitterness lingers at the back of the palate.
On closer assessment there’s a mellow and subtle Belgian yeast character. It shows itself with just a touch of pepperiness that comes through as the beer opens up.
What Is An India Session Grisette?
Shenanigans ISG shows, if anything, that what matters most with beer is balance and not rigid style guidelines. Technically, there’s no such a thing as an “India Session Grisette”. Except now there is. And it works.
The grisette base is recognisable and enjoyable thanks to its simple and rustic quality. The “India” element is modern shorthand for the presence of big tropical fruit hop aromas. And it’s certainly sessionable at 4.2% ABV. All of it is in balance and it works. It’s a well executed beer that’s perfectly suited to a Sydney summer.
From: Inner West, NSW
Beer style: India Session Grisette
Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Riwaka, Simcoe
Malts: Australian pale, British pale ale, wheat, rolled wheat
Pair with: Leafy green salad with pomegranate
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