November 28, 2013 by 250 Beers
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.
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!
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!