Today on the Crafty Surprise I’m going to be enjoying a tasting of the Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Mimas, which is a Red IPA. Mimas is a part of the Mornington Peninsula Brewery #tinnage range which “is a unique concept aimed at knowledgeable craft beer lovers and only available in cans.” If you’re looking to get a hold of one of these cans, you will need to head to the Brewery Bar in the stunning Mornington Peninsula which is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. It’s also available from a few craft beer pubs/stores such as St Kilda’s Blackhearts and Sparrows.
Copper in colour with a medium carbonation and slightly hazy. It pours with a fluffy tan coloured head that retains a thin collar of foam throughout the consumption.
I’m picking up a mild detection of alcohol in this 7% Red IPA along with tropical hop notes with apricot and peach esters.
Again I’m picking up a mild detection of alcohol however because it has a “solid malty backbone” there are no negative effects as a result. On the front end, I’m being hit with very sweet caramel and biscuity malt flavours. The hop flavours are tropical, featuring peach with a slightly resinous taste coming through midway.
This “moreish” Red IPA has a full body with a silky mouth coating feel. It almost feels as if it converts from liquid to aerated syrup when you let it rest on the tongue. There is quite a fair bitter of bitterness on the back end but in no way aggressive for a seasoned, not snobby, craft beer drinker.
The Red IPA, Mimas, by Mornington Peninsula Brewery is definitely a beer I will try again. The aroma was pleasant and I really enjoyed how the bitterness and hop flavours cut through the upfront sweetness and silky mouthfeel.
The Crafty Surprise arrangement I have with my work college bringing me a random beer each week from Blackhearts and Sparrows is really paying off. I’m getting some great beers each week that are not available to me in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. If this is an indicator of what to expect from a Red IPA then I will definitely exploring more beers of this style.
I rate this Mimas Red IPA a 4 out of 5.
Have you managed to get your hands on a can of Mimas? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments below.