Category Archives: Carbon Brews

Carbon Brews Funky Rich Lupulins v3.0

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Brett IPA
Other Notes: 15 IBUs. Hops – Citra and Mosaic. Yeast/microbes – Amalgamation II. Barrels – s003 & s004 French oak

Brewer Description: (from bottle) One barrel was pre-acidified before fermentation then we blended and dry hopped both to give us a more balanced acidity. Gives an abundance of tropical fruit and a moderate level of funk.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottled, packaged on 1st March 2021, and with a best before date of 1st March 2023. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice slightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Floral, citrusy, lemon zest, funky, brett, stone fruit, mango and pineapple.
Taste: Funky, brett, oak, light tartness, tropical fruit, melon, pineapple, lemon zest, with light white wine notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Brett IPAs are not my favourite, but this was quite enjoyable, especially the aroma.

Carbon Brews Peachy Lil’ Beach

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Milkshake IPA
Other Notes: 8 IBUs. Hops – Sabro and 692. Malts – Pilsner, Carapils, Wheat and Oats. Yeast – Chico. Adjuncts – Peach, Mango, Passionfruit, Raspberry, Lactose and Vanilla. Experience – Fruity, creamy and tart

Brewer Description: (from website) Tropical fruits dominate with Passionfruit, peach raspberry. On the palate the lacto souring comes through with stonefruit becoming more prominant, subtle vanilla. Mouthwatering and refreshing.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 12th November 2021. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange pinkish colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart and sweet, fruited ice cream, peach gummy rings, passionfruit, raspberry and vanilla.
Taste: Tart, fruity, juicy, sweet. Sour peach gummy rings, raspberry, vanilla, sugar.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice fruitiness, but a bit too sweet candy like, and not enough ‘milkshake’ for me.

Carbon Brews Like the Wind

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 50 IBUs. Hops – Amarillo, Mosaic and Sabro. Malts – Pale, Wheat, Carapils and Carahell. Yeast – wlp-001. Experience – Pine, citrus, grapefruit

Brewer Description: (from website) A robust American IPA with a sturdy malt backbone. Pours a lovely pale yellow and bursts with mango, orange and peach with undertones of grapefruit and a little dankness. Citrus and pine dominate on the palate with a beautiful dry crisp finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 17th March 2022. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Biscuit malt, pine, grassy, pineapple, candied grapefruit.
Taste: Moderately sweet, candied grapefruit, pineapple, biscuit malt, light caramel, light bitterness, with notes of pine and grass.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s super fresh and easy to drink, but it was sweeter, more malty, and less bitter than I prefer for a West Coast IPA.

Carbon Brews Little Rich Lupulins v.7

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 22 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Oats, Vienna and Carahell. Hops – HBC 630, Talus and Motueka. Yeast – London III. Experience – Fresh, juicy

Brewer Description: (from FB page) We release a new version of our Little Rich Lupulins every three months. In our recent release of v.7, we dry hopped it with Talus, HBC 630, and Motueka. It pours with light gold colour and exhibits pineapple, mango, candied berry and grapefruit aromas. Drinks smooth, juicy, and dank.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 26th May 2021. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Mango, peachy, pineapple, orange, citrus zest and rind.
Taste: Fruity, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus zest and rind, grape hi-chew candy.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice, juicy and easy drinking. I preferred v.7 over v.6, but overall still felt that the original was the best so far.

Carbon Brews Little Rich Lupulins v.6

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 22 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Oats, Vienna and Carahell. Hops – HBC 630, Sabro and Nelson Sauvin. Yeast – London III. Experience – Fresh, juicy

Brewer Description: (from postcard) Some of our favourite hops right now are HBC630, Nelson Sauvin and Sabro, so we piled them into the dry hop resulting in a juicy beer packed full of flavour. Initial burst of pineapple, lime and candied cherry followed by a subtle coconut and white grape character.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 12th February 2021, so should be less than two weeks in the can. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy but murky orange colour with an almost two fingered white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Pineapple juice, lime, orange pith, citrus zest, with notes of mango.
Taste: Light to moderate bitterness, citrus pith, lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, melon, with a hint of coconut here and there on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Personally I preferred the original version more as the stone fruit flavours were more my thing. I believe the change was partly due to not being able to source certain hops in the current environment, which is fine as I enjoy trying different beers. In addition, there was also the mention of candied cherry in its description, and I love candied cherries a lot, but I don’t even get a hint of that here in the aroma or flavour. All that being said, this was still fresh and enjoyable with citrus pithy and melon flavours coming through strongest.