BREWER: Odyssey Brew Co., Worcestershire
STYLE: Double IPA
VESSEL: 440ml tin
Sammy’s Rating: 81%
Houston, we do NOT have a problem.
So once you’ve got over the ridiculously good waft of lemon and lime that comes off of your Far Beyond DIPA you sit back for a second. Excitement begins to flood your body yes but also with that comes apprehension. The excitement is because the wonderful nose of this beer has to mean, surely, that something tip top is coming your way. But the apprehension is there because of the percentage of this monster. Weighing in at 8.2% this pup needed to be handled with care but also, it could taste like rocket fuel.
Blah blah blah
You take your first sip and… WE HAVE BLAST OFF!!
Literally this beer keeps coming at you as though you’re accelerating towards space at 8 gazillion million MPH (I have to admit I did need to use Google to find out that figure).
First up you get a large smash of citrus followed by a massive bitter hoppy build and build and build and build and build that keeps intensifying with flavour then cut… to a long beautiful finish. Superb. Just from the texture in the mouth that Far Beyond gives you you can tell that it has been brewed to a very high standard… and it doesn’t even taste too strong. Dare I say, it almost could be sessionable.
Now this is where the drinker needs to mentally step up. If you’re going to have a few of these then do it over a night at a slower pace than maybe you’re used to. If you’re having one or two and nothing else then go hard and fast no problem. But because FBDIPA tastes so damn good and isn’t obviously the strength it is if you don’t stick to this then the drinker won’t even be saying Houston we have a problem…
They’ll be screaming, Houston we’ve got a pretty f*c#~ng massive problem.
Excellent job Odyssey.
Jymi’s Rating: 82%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 81.5%
MOB review next weekend: ROYAL RHA by BRONCKHORSTER BREWING COMPANY