To Øl Mr. Series 2019
Only a few posts ago was our round up of To Øl’s Ms. Series 2018 (we’ve been slack at Beer Voyage as of 2019 - how was that written in September?!), so you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re seeing double here. I know three of the last five posts have been about the same brewery but we are not turning into some fan page for To Øl despite how much we love them.
The Danish brewing supremos are back with their next installment of the colourful series, only this time, it’s the misters time to shine. I enjoyed last years aforementioned Ms. Series so much that deciding if I should pick up the next incarnation was an easy choice to make.
The beers this time round sounded even more Up My Street, I mean:
Mr. Blonde - Cucumber, Lime and Black Pepper Gose. 5%
Mr. Brown - Imperial Salty Caramel Cookie Dough Double Coffee Fudge Chocolate Milk Hazelnut Butter Vanilla Cocoa Crumble Brown Ale. 9%
Mr. White - Double Dry Hopped Jasmin TeaPA. 5.5%
Mr. Orange - Double Dry Hopped Session IPA with Khaki Fruit, Orange Peel and re-fermented with our To Øl Instant Crush Brett. 5%
Mr. Pink - Pomegranate, Watermelon and Blood Orange in a Triple Dry Hopped Double IPA. 8%
Mr. Blue - Imperial Blackcurrant Stout. 10%
A DIPA, an impy stout, a sour and a beer with a description so daft it’d make Omnipollo blush - surely, this was going to absolutely slay? (I’m sorry, I’ve been watching a lot of Queer Eye lately.)
There’s only one way to find out - the patented*, Beer Voyage Expectation vs. Reality Beer Review. With bonus Reservoir Dogs rankings!
Without further ado:
Mr. White // Double Dry Hopped Jasmin TeaPA 5.5%
Expectations: I’ve had variations of tea based pales before and they’ve all been a little lacking. Too subtle in flavour and a bit bland so this is probably the beer I’m least looking forward to. Jasmine tea is pretty boring anyway.
Reality: Sadly, I was right. A pretty standard pale ale. Perhaps a little bit perfumed but otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to tell this was meant to be a beer with a twist of sorts. I drank this one first so it can only get better from here.
Reservoir Dogs Rating: No similarities to Harvey Keitel’s performance as Mr. White - this beer has no depth or sense of humour. Hardy fuckin’ har. 1/5.
Mr. Pink // Pomegranate, Watermelon and Blood Orange in a Triple Dry Hopped Double IPA 8%
Expectations: Fruity DIPAs are dime a dozen these days but it’s rare to see watermelon in a beer, usually because it’s quite hard to detect the flavour. This beer does sound right up my street so I’m very much looking forward to cracking this open, especially now the sun is starting to make its first appearance of the year.
Reality: This is very good. It’s bold and quite tart due to the pomegranate. I can’t say I can taste any watermelon but it’s a very fruity beer. After the initial fruit punch, it gives way to quite a bitter finish from the blood orange and the abundance of hops. Great stuff.
Reservoir Dogs Rating: This beer matches up to the film version of Mr. Pink quite well. It has a bit of bite and sharpness to it and would probably steal your diamonds and leave you for dead. 4/5.
* Not patented in any way whatsoever