I knew I was going to be playing with fire the moment I bought this beer. Minhas Creek doesn't have a stellar reputation for making good beer. Nevertheless, I was intrigued when I saw a craft beer made by them. It comes in a 650mL brown bottle, with 8.5% alcohol/vol and 75 IBU's. The label is pretty neat, with a red rabbit made out of Matryoshka dolls.
When opened, I could immediately smell the hops. The first thing that went through my mind was "That's it?". Maybe I'm a bit spoiled from all the Humulus Ludicrous I drank this autumn. The beer poured a cloudy light amber colour. There was a thin off-white head that disappeared quickly. There were a modest amount of large bubbles. The hoppy aroma had completely dissipated, and was replaced with a strong caramel.
The first sip was underwhelming. At first it tasted like a regular domestic, but then a slight caramel flavour came on. The hops were only noticeable in the aftertaste and not very strongly at that. The beer was far too cloying; I would not call this an imperial IPA. But for the price I paid for the bottle, it wasn't too bad. I don't think I'd buy this again unless I was broke.