Brewery: H.K. Lovecraft
Country: Hong Kong
Style: International Pale Lager
Other Notes: 20 IBUs. Aroma 3.5/5, Thickness 2.5/5, Adjunct – kampot pepper
Brewer Description: (from can) Fine maltiness, gently spicy. Far continent to lands broken by flood, two years journey from the old world to domains of strange gods. The Preserver and his god-kings reigned, black giant stones lined avenues of gold. Few had mourned when all was swallowed. Cities of gods are built by slaves.
My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6
Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 18th November 2021. Poured into an Anderson Valley beer can glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Smoky, smoked malt, sweet, light citrus zest, with spicy pepper notes.
Taste: Smoky and slightly bready from the smoked malts. Some light sweetness, followed by floral and citrus zesty notes which I think are from the kampot pepper, and I’m getting a mild but lasting spiciness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This has some interesting flavours in it. The smoke was probably a bit strong and may have overwhelmed some of the floral and citrus zesty notes that I think came from the kampot pepper, although I’ve not tried kampot pepper before, so I can’t be sure. The mild and lasting spicy finish was a nice touch though.