Mulligan Pale Ale by ClubGonzo, American Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV, 34 IBU.
After a couple of horrible weeks almost without any beer due to a rough cold followed by sinusitis, I’m ready to do some rating again. Or rather, try to do some rating. I’m not sure if I can trust my sense of smell right now, with all this penicillin in my system.
Oh no. My nose works. The first thing I notice when I smell this amber/orange-ish beer is… stinging alcohol! The dreaded, unpleasant, solvent-like notes that I for some reason seem to be the only one to pick up in ClubGonzo/JoKr beers. I should add that these notes are not the most obvious contributions to the aroma profile, the quite strong aroma is more dominated by pleasant, sweet and crisp tropical fruits.
So, how does the beer taste? Unfortunately not good at all. The stinging solvent notes are in front, and together with a floral, plant sap bitterness this is actually quite unpleasant. Could there be something wrong with this one? Or maybe my body wasn’t quite ready for a beer today? There are some good flavours as well, especially the caramel notes are nice, also some nice fruits.
The beer is quite light-bodied, the texture is dry and the carbonation is moderate.
Conclusion: so much solvent-like notes that I get goose bumps when I force the liquid down. Luckily the quite decent fruity notes are stronger than the unpleasant notes, especially in the aroma. I could be a bad bottle, it could be a sick rater.
Aroma: 5/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 5/10 Palate: 2/5 Overall: 8/20 Ratebeer score: 2.4/5.0