I was totally stumped as to why anyone would name a brew ‘Elvis Juice’.
I expected a peanut flavoured brew in the vein of Thornbridge’s ‘Charlie Brown‘ but no, ‘Elvis Juice’ is described as ‘An American IPA with a bitter edge that will push your citrus tolerance to the brink and back‘. I wasn’t aware of the existence of ‘The Elvis‘ cocktail – Gin, Grapefruit, Elderflower and IPA. If pushed, I’m more of a Bloody Mary or Margarita (or even Lagerita) drinker.
This brew is the result of two prototype brews, and to court further controversy it’s available only in cans. I’m not precious about the whole bottle/can thing, as the tagline reads at the top of this page “it’s about the beer“, not how it’s delivered.
It’s an IPA brewed on a base of Cara and Extra Pale malts, then hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Magnum, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Those are indeed ‘intense US aroma hops‘ as Brewdog describe them, and the addition of grapefruit peel “will only stoke the citrus fires“.
We shall see.
It pours almost the same pale amber colour as Brewdog’s ‘Ace of Simcoe’ that I tried recently, the head is full and foaming, but fast fading.
The nose? Well there’s no missing the grapefruit, it’s full on ‘in your face’ grapefruit juice, the slightly sweet, pink Floridian variety, not bitter.
And in the flavour, yes the grapefruit hits your palate first, a full on citrus rush, then a flourish of pine. Then you get the benefit of the caramel malt and those hops, providing a comforting bed to bolster that grapefruit attack.
Remember when you first tasted an Amarillo beer? You could impress your mates by asking ‘can you taste grapefruit?‘ – well those days are gone as more complex flavour combinations are coming through.
Yes the Amarillo and Citra hops complement the grapefruit peel, but the Mosaic and Simcoe hops add a rewarding complexity.
Oh, and there’s the 6.5% ABV punch lurking in there as well.
But make no mistake, it’s grapefruit all the way.
And worthy of four Brewclub stars.