4 March 2018 - Best Beer HQ
Liberty Sauvin Bomb Hop Atomic IPA Review
I can’t believe I’ve never tried Liberty Brewing’s Sauvin Bomb before.
I’ve seen it around the Kiwi craft beer scene for many years now, but I’ve just never taken the hopportunity (see what I did there?) to try it until my sister-in-law got me this bottle for my birthday.
I guess I was too busy enjoying Uprising, Yakima Monster, Knife Party, Citra, Halo, The Elixer, and Oh Brother!
Blurb on the bottle: There is no doubt that this label contains imagery some people will possibly find objectionable. Those people might allude to the fact that it may be somewhat suggestive. To those people, I make no apologies, and I’ll tell you why.
The only scantily clad woman in this bottle is the delicately sweet malt aroma, riding that savage Hop Bomb all the way through the long, stormy night sky until it hits your tongue… Where you can expect the flavour to explode onto your palate.
The review: My goblet of Sauvin Bomb is amber, slightly hazy, with a thin white lacing. It smells pungent, like grassy hops and tropical fruit (even Mrs Best Beer HQ, who was sitting next to me on the couch, noted its fruity aroma).
For all that talk on the side of the bottle about savage hop bombs, I thought this IPA wasn’t anything drastic at all. In fact, I’d argue that it’s reasonably well balanced for a beer that packs so much punch. It tastes of sour grapefruit, orange and passionfruit, sweet caramel, and malt biscuit.
This beer is slightly resinous, medium bodied, with lively carbonation.
The verdict: Sauvin Bomb is another excellent beer by one of Auckland’s best breweries. However, I still reckon Knife Party is better.
Beer/movie combination: How could I not cite the inspiration for that awesome beer label? Go check out Dr. Strangelove…