The ever enigmatic Superflux Brewing Company released their third beer last week, the enticingly named Rainbow Machine.
Like with previous releases Colour & Shape and Happyness, the can features absolutely no description, no IBUs, and no SRM. Only the ABV is listed, which is 7.5%. So let’s cut the bullshit and get on with the the review.
This beer poured out a hazy straw colour with two fingers of puffy white head that dissipated quite slowly and left light clouds of lacing as the glass drained.
The nose was dominated by hoppy tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango, citrus notes of grapefruit flesh and orange peel, with a touch of pine and dankness.
The palate had these same hop notes of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and orange, with a touch of lychee. The malt base was light and crackery, which really allowed those bright hop notes to shine though. There was also a mild yeasty character.
The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, smooth, and juicy, with moderate-to-high carbonation. The finish was off-dry with some nice alcohol warmth.
Well, I guess I’d call this a North East style double IPA. At 7.5%, it’s certainly on the boozy side of things, but conceals its alcohol incredibly well. It was super juicy and hazy, with big tropical fruit notes—making it incredibly crushable!
I’d compare it to an imperial version of Colour & Shape. This beer could be very, very dangerous!
Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Serving temp: 7-10C
Food pairing: Cured meats, sharp cheddar, caramel cheesecake
Glassware: Spiegelau IPA glass