Shoggoth by JoKr Brewers, American pale ale, ABV 4.8 %, IBU 40
I survived! 9 days without a drop of beer! To celebrate my victory over The Flu I got this scary looking bottle from the homebrew shelf of my beer cellar. I can’t guarantee that my taste buds still work after I’ve been completely knocked out for more than a week, but I’ll try to give this beer a fair rating.
It pours a slightly hazy medium amber body, with an average sized head that is close to creamy, but also with some big bubbles. The head is fairly long-lived and leaves a foamy film and some additional build-up at the walls, but not that much lacing.
The aroma is strong and pleasant with tons of hops and noticeable malty notes in the back. It’s fruity with grapefruit and peach, and also a refreshing almost herb-like resinous feel. Speaking of resin: how do you guys distinguish between resin, pine and spruce? When I was on a hike in my local forest the other day, I tasted pine needles, spruce needles and resin, and no way I could have guessed which one was which (apart from the texture)!
After a few sniffs I feel that the there are some too overripe fruity notes in the back, almost compost like, but they are not disturbing. As always I find it hard to describe the malty elements, but I guess sweet caramel is quite close.
A light to moderate sweet initial taste followed by a moderate plus heavy bitter long-lasting finish. Nice! The flavours are a bit less strong than the aroma, but they are still very present: this is a brew that wants your attention! Grapefruit and resin are the most obvious flavours.
Now, the mouthfeel. There’s something that isn’t quite right here. It’s not bad, it’s not unpleasant, but an APA with such a crispy and inviting aroma and flavours should be more drinkable that this. The body is quite light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is soft, it’s moderate dry and yeasty, and frankly it feels a bit bland (if it’s possible to claim that a beer is both bland and full of strong aromas and flavours). But again, keep in mind that I’ve been sick for 9 days (hey, I repeat: 9 days without a beer, n-i-n-e days!).
Conclusion: fruity and crisp flavours with a lovely bitter finish, but not that more-ish.
Ratebeer score: 3.1