Shenanigans are another rocking, small Sydney brewery who, as well as their regular releases, are doing a series of “stunt beers” which allow the brewers a bit more room for experimentation. If they can agree on a recipe.
This Belgian summer ale, Shenanigans Wrong Turn, is mega fizzy. Bubbles shoot right up from the bottle of the glass, through the centre of the liquid.
It rocks a solid, frothy pure white head which sticks around reliably, ridged up around the circumference of the glass.
I enjoyed this in the last few warm days of the year but I’m sure it would be perfectly suited to a stinking hot summer day.
There’s an enticing citrus hop smell, above grassy notes. It also has something rich underlying it, possibly from the oats and rye. A very, very slight metallic smell comes through.
The rye makes it feel very dry on the palate, although the head feels delightful and pillowy on the tongue. It has seriously good head retention which means you won’t get bored of looking at it in the glass. It’s triumphant in its appearance.
Shenanigans have really got the rye character into this beer prompting a clean, dry finish almost like a good lager.
Overall, it’s a perfect lawnmower beer. A little glass in a stubby cooler, outside on a stinking hot January arvo – it’s going to be top notch. Unfortunately, it’s a limited batch so you might not see many of these anymore.
From: Inner West
Beer style: Belgian Pale Ale (with Rye and Oats)
IBU: 18 IBU
Brew #: SBR002
Pair with: Salmon and pearl barley salad
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Did you manage to catch this beer when it was released? If so, let me know what you thought, or share your recommendations for other good summer beers in the comments below.