Beer Type: Triple ABV: 8.5% IBUs: 50 Tried from bottle.
Their Description: “The beer is 8.5% abv, with Saaz, Styrian Goldings and Strisselspalt hops added aplenty. Fluffy mouthfeel: yes, really! There’s a faint sweetness with tropical fruit undertones. Fluffy White Rabbits is a very “Pretty Things” take on a Triple. We use what we think are the finest ingredients around: malts from Weyermann (Germany) and Fawcett (Yorkshire) in this beer.”
The Reality: Starts with a light scent of malt and alcohol, along with a deep golden color. The initial flavor is aged malt with notes of tangerine citrus, pineapple and apricot. However as you move toward the finish you start to taste a mild bitterness from the hops and it creates a medium-dry mouth feel. The hops aren’t aggressive, they are there more as a balancing agent that works effectively. This beer lacks the honey-smooth aftertaste of a traditional triple, and instead has a drier mild hop bitterness that fades quickly. They mention that this beer has a truly “fluffy mouthfeel”, and I can’t comment on that, since I’m not exactly sure what it means, unless they’re referring to the marshmallow sandwich spread, in which case I’d say they are wrong.
Final Verdict: This was a really good concept for a beer. Take a traditional style triple and balance the sweet and malty flavors with hops. The key being balance, because hops can easily overwhelm if not regulated. In this beer the hops are just used to give the beer a new dimension, not be a dominant flavor component. You always know you’re drinking a triple not an IPA, you’re just drinking a triple with some unique characteristics. Alice won’t be the only one chasing a fluffy white rabbit, because this beer is late,…it’s late,…for a very important date… with my tummy!