BREWER: Elusive Brewing, Berkshire
STYLE: American Pale Ale
VESSEL: 330ml bottle
So many beers serve a different purpose in our lives. You get the all rounders, you get the super sessioners, you get the boys of summer and you get the wonderful winter warmers. Also coming our way are the long sup pups and the ones that seem to take about 5 seconds to drink.
Well as far as brackets go, I’m pretty sure Overdrive falls into the ‘2-3 quick fire, pick me up, quick natter then fly home for tea’ bracket.
You see, it’s delicious, not out of this world, but it is delicious. It is also very dry, very hoppy and very zingy. Now these three things will result in a few things. Firstly, this will perk the beer consumer up no end, a real eye opener and mouth mover. Secondly it will excite said beer consumer and result in them drinking this beer pretty quickly as it is also very refreshing. Thirdly, because of its very upfront and dry nature, after the initial over excited approach by the beer consumer things will very quickly slow down and it’s then time to head home for tea.
None of this is a bad thing because as mentioned Overdrive is delicious. Refreshing upfront with a cut to grapefruit and dryness in the middle. This is then backed up by a long tart lemon aftertaste that just runs and runs.
And all coming out of a bottle I love… but actually looks bleedin’ awful!
Great beer Elusive.
Jymi’s Rating: 77%
Elusive Brewing have gone down the arcade route for branding their beers. This seems strange on the face of it, but it’s a concept that works when you visit their tap room.
Anyway, we are not here to review the concept, we are here to test the beer and what we are testing here is Overdrive. It’s an American pale ale and it has an unbelievably cracking nose. And in the glass, the darkish colour is incredibly tempting.
Then, when you drink Overdrive, you realise that Elusive are serious brewers. It has such a deep caramel taste backed with light bitterness that you know serious thought and testing has gone into the brewing. The combination of hops is strong and the mouthfeel, well, let’s just say it is very good indeed. And the results are quite simply staggering. This is a great beer and, in my view, stands out in an overcrowded market.
Elusive have landed and I am happy that they have. Overdrive works well. It works incredibly well in fact. This is a beer for all occasions.
Elusive, keep doing what you’re doing because it works!
Sammy’s Rating: 92%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 84.5%
MOB review next weekend: SIMCOE SMALL PALE by FOURPURE BREWING CO.
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