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Bring out the Gimp / NOvemBEER’s fifth joker played

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November 28, 2013 by 250 Beers

250 Beers joker card

250 Beers joker card

The fifth and final NOvemBEER joker was played last night. I took my thirst and hop-loving tongue to the Brewhouse to try out a one-off batch of ‘G’imperial IPA.

The GIMP is a collaborative brew by Brisbane Brewing Co.’s Simeon Bonetti and King Brown Brewing’s Dan Rawlings.

Part of me wanted to try it because I have a lot of time for both Sim and Dan but another part of me wanted to see how hoppy and bitter it was what with the impending unleashing of Hair of the Blog on the horizon. Hair of the Blog is my own collaboratively brewed imperial IPA as part of the Bacchus Beer Bloggers Series.

Gimperial IPA

GIMP IPA is pretty bloody good. Punching in at 9.6% with IBUs around 80-90 it sure is a sipper but very non-offensive and non-confrontational. The single hop, single malt recipe works well but I reckon the Mosaic hop with its fruity traits lends itself perfectly to this concept. Well done boys!

Gimp brewers Sim and Dan

Gimp brewers Sim and Dan

Due to the depth of the GIMP and with the inclusion of Epic’s Hop Zombie (8.5%) and Mr Obadiah (6.9%) from Little Creatures on tap at the Brewhouse (cool right?) I could only manage three of the ‘SimDan’ efforts and chose to put my last joker to good use by entertaining a few of Sim’s other Brewhouse beers namely Witty Wit (5.0%), Star Lager (5.0%) and Lord Lamington (5.0%). Nice.

A good night and a good IIPA. It made me all the more keen to get into Hair of the Blog…especially when Ross from Bacchus (who was there to witness joker number five) reckons that it is tasting very good. A sample of it is currently en route to the guys at the XXXX brewery in Milton to have it measured accurately for an IBU rating.

Bring. It. On.

Oh, and a mid-week night out in Brisbane with me wouldn’t be complete without a journey story would it? Keen to avoid a repetition of a Beerburrum night, I stayed in total control…until I met Francoise.

Francoise was an elderly yet tipsy French lady that I saved from a comedy fall from a bus on the way home. She stepped up off the kerb but only for her body to lurch backwards – onto me. We were both miles from our individual destinations yet she felt the need to sit with me on the bus, walk with me at Roma Street train station and even catch the same train as me. I thought of it as some sort of prize for rescuing her. Guess where little Miss Alcoholique was heading to? Yep, Beerburrum!!

Au revoir Francoise!

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3 thoughts on “Bring out the Gimp / NOvemBEER’s fifth joker played

  1. “9.6% with IBUs around 80-90”! Goodness Gracious… I will have to try it, but I suspect it may be a little bit much. Awesome to see a solid IPA scene in Brissy. How many use American style hops? I just love the floral aromas. Maybe your brew… 🙂

  2. […] King Brown Brewing (Dan Rawlings), ‘G’imp IPA (9.6%). You can read more about the Gimp here. The fifth was Railroad IPA (6.2%) which was my choice of free pot upon arrival at the Kooinda […]

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