ClubGonzo’s Stiff Upper Lip

Stiff Upper Lip by ClubGonzo, English Strong Ale, 6.8% ABV, 36 IBU.

In the glass the Stiff Upper lip is cloudy, with a medium orange to brown colour. The off-white head is small but long-lived, and ends up as a fully lasting, bubbly, thin layer that leaves some lacing.

ClubGonzo Stiff Upper Lip, batch 17

ClubGonzo Stiff Upper Lip, batch 17

Ok, I do have a cold, but isn’t this aroma pretty faint? All I get is some vague sweet dark dried fruits along with some overripe generic fruity notes. Nothing wrong here, but pretty boring.

The taste is light sweet, and the short finish has a light to moderate bitterness. The flavours are also quite faint, but the little that is in there is quite pleasant. I get notes of caramel and dark dried fruits, and very little else. Again it’s clean, but oh so faint and unusually boring.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly watery, and the very soft carbonation enhances the dull feeling. The beer dries up a bit in the finish.

Conclusion: unusually anonymous for a ClubGonzo beer, both the aroma and the flavours are far too weak to make this an interesting brew. However, it’s completely clean without any off-notes or higher alcohol, so that’s something.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:    8/20
Ratebeer score: 2.2/5.0