Shenanigans White Sky is somewhere between a witbier and a white IPA. A hopped up wit, if you will.
I had this on tap at Spooning Goats, then went and bought a bottle of it straight away. Just so I could spend a bit more time fussing over it.
Beers that are interesting get big, big points from me. Even if they’re not perfectly executed, I like it when beers make me think, or create sensations which are new and different. Luckily Shenanigans White Sky is both well executed and thought provoking.Shenanigans White Sky is both well executed and thought provoking. #sydneybeer Click To Tweet
It pours a light hazy gold, but the bottom of the bottle adds a lot more cloudiness to the beer. There’s a fair bit of sediment down there. This added another dimension that I didn’t get when I had it on tap.
Bubbles shoot up through it pretty quickly and it looks very active in the glass. There’s a thin, bubbly white head which fades pretty quickly leaving just a trace.
Liberal with the orange peel
Up front there are big aromas of orange peel with some coriander and the familiar hop nose of Mosaic and Galaxy.
This witbier is brewed with jasmine, chamomile, coriander and orange peel. These subtle floral flavours add up to create an intriguing mix but the orange peel carries through strong and comes across with force in the taste. There’s a touch of lemon flavour in there as well.
After a few sips, the bitterness from the hops start coming through but its balanced nicely at 45 IBUs.
Around the same time as the bitterness kicks in, some slickness starts to show itself in the mouthfeel. The wheat in the malt bill is there on the palate as well, both in taste and feel.
It’s a light and fruity beer which has its fair share of bitterness and booze. There’s a lot going on and it’s only very near the end that the alcohol shows itself.
The more you get into it the more the hop flavours come out to play with some mango and passionfruit underneath the dominant orange peel flavour.
I had this beer with a light Chinese ginger prawn dish with fried rice. The delicate flavours of ginger and lemongrass that soaked the prawns played off nicely against the orange and coriander flavours in the beer.
Nice bottle label, even better beer
These limited releasee beers from Shenanigans get better and better. The label on this bottle looks amazing and I love that they’re adding a lot of detail such as the ingredients and the best before date.
Shenanigans are producing some awesome stuff and I’d direct any craft beer enthusiast, new or old to their beers to see some of the most interesting stuff happening in the Sydney craft brewing scene.
From: Inner West
Beer style: Witbier / White IPA
Brew #: SBR006
Malt: Australian pils, German wheat malt, rolled wheat, rolled oats, acidulated malt
Hops: Mosaic and Galaxy
Extras: Jasmine, chamomile, coriander, orange peel
Pair with: Lemongrass and ginger prawns with Chinese broccoli
Leave a comment if you’ve tried Shenanigans White Sky and let me know what you think.