I’ve written here at The Brewclub in the past about collaborations, we’ve had inter-brewery (and indeed international) collaborations, inter-generational collaborations, and collaborations between brewers and musicians.
Surely this is a clear indication that brewing is the new rock and roll.
I’m not sure where to start writing about Status Quo; while I don’t recall them ever troubling the charts in America, for The Brewclub’s British readers they need no introduction. They’ve recorded some thirty albums since 1967, initially charting with the psychedelic ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ before settling into a three chord, twelve bar, blues groove that has served them well over the years.
‘Piledriver’, is described as a ‘Classic English Ale’ and is brewed in association with Oxfordshire’s Wychwood brewery (brewers of the popular ‘Hobgoblin’ ale). It’s named for the Status Quo’s 1972 album, the first they produced themselves, for Vertigo records and which featured their hit single ‘Caroline’.
The beer’s label reflects the album’s cover, a large and rather angry gorilla hefting what appears to be a large bomb.
It pours very dark amber with a rich, slightly off white head, that laces down the glass.
The nose is both hoppy and fruity, with hints of malt, mmm – promising.
The flavour is rich and fruity, mainly old-school hops; it’s not too sweet and not too bitter.
The body is a little on the light side, something slightly fuller bodied might have been nice, but overall this is a great session beer.
And at 4.3% ABV I could quite happily sink a few of these. I’ll keep an eye out for it on draught.
My son, who was staying with us when I reviewed this, observed “ooh, this is an easy beer” and while that might sound like it’s damning it with faint praise, it isn’t, it’s an easy beer to like. And as such is worthy of three and half patented Brewclub Stars.