Boatrocker Hopp Bier

Prologue:  The West is rising. Not in a cold war, US vs the Ruski’s kind of way, but a Western Suburbs of Melbourne sort of way.

Every second person I speak to is moving to the Yarraville or Seddon or (heaven forbid) Footscray. First it was our gay friends, then the artsy ones, and now the gentrification must be complete as the mainstream executive couple with 1.5 kids people are moving there too.

Based on this information I can only assume that the West is shortly going to be as unaffordable as the rest of Melbourne town.

One of our friends who has just moved there wanted to prove how cool and urbane it was so invited us to the local dimly lit, ultra modern Italian restaurant for dinner.

We started at their house, just up the road. We drunk Beez Neez (from the good people at Matilda Bay) as we discussed the things that the old urban cool do, airlines, real estate, which politician’s are having an affair, the important issues. Beer downed it was time to stroll (in the inner west we stroll, we don’t walk) down the street for some tasty Italian.

On the way the sites of Seddon were pointed out, hidden pubs (which appeared in the M in The Age the next week) and three bottle shops, one of which had a big poster out the front of 101 beers you’ve never tried. Upon reading I thought it should more accurately be called 48 beers you’ve never tried and 53 you have.

The presence of a good bottleshop, a soon to be ruined pubs and a dimly lit restaurant where good signs. The fact that the restaurant had beers from about six or seven Victorian micobreweries was even better. I ordered up Boatrocker’s Hopp Bier and sat back to enjoy.   

Appearance:  Now if you are going to call your beer Boatrocker, you are going to want to produce something out of the ordinary. Something that will rock the boat if you will.

I was a little disappointed on pouring, it looked a little mainstream, a pale yellow pilsner, with a strong white head.

Taste:  Well it’s called Hopp Bier for a reason, the hops are overwhelming  character. On sipping it was gassy in the mouth, but then a hoppy bitterness took over.  Having Having said this I’m not sure I’d deem this beer so Hoppy to give it the moniker of Hopp Bier.

The beer is actually a Pilsner, I would have thought you would get more traction calling it a Pilsner than calling it Hopp Bier, particularly as the beer is 33 IBU (international bitterness units) which is about standard for the Pilsner. So those buying it thinking it’ll have a Brew Dog like smack of hoppyness, will be disappointed.

Packaging:  I’m not a fan actually. I find it all a little to farmer’s market, wholefoods, kids in prams and woven eco bags. So a lot like the Western suburbs actually. Also I don’t think beers should have a title, sub-title and copy on the label.

In conclusion:  I actually quite liked the beer, It was refreshing and went well will my meal, I would quite happily drink it again

Ranking:  Let’s have a Schooner.   

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