BREWER: Wiper and True, Bristol, England
STYLE: Pale Ale
VESSEL: 330ml tin
DATE OF POST: 2nd January 2021
As much as I like the look of this tin I cannot help but think the W&T design team have slightly messed it up. The brewery name is too prominent, the marvellous elephant is too small and the name of the beer too hidden. With some tweaks this tin could be spectacular but as it is it’s just… good.
Also the aftertaste of this beer is bitter and pleasant but seriously lacking flavour. With the taste explosions in the sip, (we will get to that in the Positives section (I probably should have started with that thinking about it)) for the flavour to essentially vanish in the aftertaste is a little disappointing.
A sensational if light pineapple nose leads you into a citrus, tangy and bitter taste experience brought to you by the classic trio of Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Kaleidoscope, though not massively kaleidoscopic is soft, bright, refreshing and a joy to drink to be honest.
Other notes and conclusion:
Sort the aftertaste out and this would be a flippin’ superstar of a craft pale.
Jymi’s Rating: 80%
It took me ages to work out what this beer was actually called. For a long while I thought Wiper and True was the beer name, not the brewery name. After investigating and delving, I worked out that the beer was actually called Kaleidoscope, which to be fair is a great name.
Once I got over my annoyance at not being able to locate the name of the thing, I really did enjoy drinking Kaleidoscope.
In the glass, it has a fantastic golden colour. There’s a strong grapefruit and pineapple aroma. And it doesn’t taste like it smells, which is not a bad thing at all. In fact, there’s a long bitterness about the flavour, which is strong upfront and fades a little as you sup. But once the initial fade has wavered, the low length stays for a long time.
An incredibly refreshing drop, Kaleidoscope would be great at any point in the year.
Definitely worth a go – many will love this!
Sammy’s Rating: 81%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 80.5%
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