Fanzine The Seventh Subscription

Fanzine, the Sixth Sipping

Eighteen beers sampled to date and the Fanzine selections continue to be delivered to my doorstep! Another three have arrived today, appearing to be a promising line-up.

All 330mls, the third set of Fanzine beers are as follows:

  • Jet Trash V2
  • Zip Code
  • Clown King

 

Mandatory ‘Jet Trash V2’ Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.75 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 6.9%
  • IBU: 65
  • Style: IPA
  • Tagline: V2 – Double Dry-Hop Edition
  • Descriptive Comment: Pre-boarding now.

Whenever I try a fanzine beer that has a predecessor of the same name, I always re-read my reviews of the ones that have come before. I attempt to remember how they tasted, as trying to compare it to some I may have consumed 6 – 8 weeks ago is really difficult! “Jet Trash V2” poured a beautiful light golden colour, which was totally transparent and had very little carbonation. The white foam head settled within moments and aromas were a light mixture of citrus and hops. This was superbly matched on sampling: the beer maintained a crisp and refreshing lager texture but provided a greater complexity of flavour due to the IPA style. A smooth bitterness washed over at the end, cleansing the palate, ready for the next sip and every taste thereafter.

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Rating: 3.25/5. “Jet Trash V2” is really good and arguably hoppier in flavour than its V1 brother (which dates right back to the first Fanzine box). In comparison, I feel V2 falls down slightly in overall flavour, as it did not have the same deep resinous notes I adored. Despite this, it is still an enjoyable can!

 

Mandatory ‘Zip Code’ Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.21 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • IBU: 25
  • Style: Lager
  • Tagline: Franconian Style Kellerbier
  • Descriptive Comment: Lager unzipped.

From some brief reading, Kellerbier is the name used to describe a hop-filled lager from Franconia (a southern region of Germany). The neon-orange can produced a beer vaguely matching the colour, but reassuringly it was not fluorescent! On the nose there were lots of malty notes and first sips were fairly non-descript: merely clean and crisp. It was a light beer with a moderately carbonated mouthfeel. On further sampling, the beer gave light hop notes that blended together with some smooth malt flavours.

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Rating: 3.0/5. “Zip Code” is what a lager is meant to be – light, fresh and crisp. I could easily drink a handful of these in a beer garden.

 

Mandatory ‘Clown King’ Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.8 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 12%
  • IBU: 65
  • Style: Barley Wine
  • Tagline: American Barley Wine
  • Descriptive comment: Behold the Big Top beast.

Who on earth is the “Big Top Beast”?! Would this be his drink of choice? I feel that there is a story behind this new fanzine beer… The can was a vibrant electric blue and looked really good. It poured a wonderfully deep, ruby-oak colour that was quite clear in appearance. A complete head wasn’t formed – merely a row of tan bubbles sitting at the glass edge. The aromas that rose from the glass were surprisingly IPA-like, with some fruit notes too. On sampling the beer was incredibly smooth, with a luxurious silky feel. It had the predominant flavour of a light toffee, which then rolled into a fruity bitterness. It ended on a mild warmth, though not a harsh ‘boozy-hit’.

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Rating: 4.5/5. “Clown King” knows how to make a good barley wine. If this is the Clown King’s drink of choice, then I’ll happily sit back, relax and share a few of these with him! This is the first barley wine I’ve sampled that I could have more than one of without it being overwhelming. It’s rich, full of flavour and like an IPA on steroids.

 

 

Box Rating: 3.58/5

Fanzine Rating to Date: 3.34/5

 

Enjoy your beers! Let me know what’s on your beer menu.

Dr Beer

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