This brew came to my attention in a Beer52 case, an ‘insane’ Czech Pilsner that hails from the Red Squirrel Brewery in Hertfordshire. It’s the first in their ‘mad’ range of beers. The label declares the brew to be ‘as mad as a box of frogs or squirrels’.
I confess to be wary of anything or anyone that declares themselves to be ‘mad’, it’s a bit like the office ‘character’ who claims to be ‘mad’ but is actually rather sad, like Colin Hunt from’The Fast Show’.
This brew however is a ‘mad’ Czech Pilsner brewed to a reasonable 4.9% ABV.
Well it pours a pale Pilsner gold, with a reasonable head. The nose is hoppy, and they may well be Czech Saaz (aka Zatec) hops. It’s been dry hopped to give an extra hit of hoppiness.
The flavour is well balanced, there’s a malty backbone underneath a fruity, hoppy brew. No, it’s not ‘mad’ per-se, it is hoppy, but not crazily so, it’s refreshing.
In a world of mediocre pilsners, this is a good one, and worthy of three Brewclub Stars.