Shenanigans Red Sky is an American style IPA infused with jasmine and hibiscus.
This bold IPA from Sydney gypsy brewers, Shenanigans, has a certain reddish tinge to it. There’s reasonable clarity to the amber liquid. It looks very pretty in the glass.
The head billows up, cloudy and excitable, before descending slowly back down, leaving a thin layer that promotes the beer’s floral aromas. You can also smell the malty undertones. There’s some caramelised sweetness in there.
Complex, Floral Aromas
The aroma is organic and quite complex. It moves around on the nose, first some hoppy aromas, then some grain and then to something more floral and back to hops.
The floral aspects of the Centennial hops seem to play around with the jasmine and hibiscus and I think that’s what remains most prominent on the nose.
A Balance of Resin and Other Flavours
The interesting thing about this beer is the level of resin. Most times when beer is described as resinous, it’s because of huge resin as in the US IPA styles from Stone and Sixpoint.
This however, has some resin character in the flavour, and a bit of silk in the mouthfeel but it never becomes overwhelming. It’s just one part of the overall display that this beer puts on.
There’s floral character in the flavour profile with the jasmine and hibiscus really coming out to play. While the flavours are unmistakable, there aren’t many ingredients more subtle that you could get away with adding to an IPA.
But this beer seems like it was made as a foundation for the jasmine and hibiscus flavours to present themselves.
With 50 IBUs, the bitterness is fairly withdrawn. It tastes quite delicate. It’s not as brash as some IPAs. I’d imagine the early and late additions of hops have been balanced to retain some bitterness while promoting some of the subtle aromas and flavours.
The more you dwell on it the more creative it seems. The Shenanigans boys have created a beer which, in name at least, should seem to be a big bold bomb of strong flavours. But the malt and the complimentary hop regime serve to play up the additional ingredients and showcase what they have to offer to the drinker’s nose and taste buds.
You might also like Red Sky’s sister beer, White Sky.
From: Inner West, Sydney
Beer style: Red IPA
Malt: Pale, Munich, Caramalt
Hops: Centennnial and Galaxy
Extras: Jasmine and hibiscus flowers
Pair with: Thai red curry
Have you tried Shenanigans Red Sky? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.