[rak-uhn-tur; Fr. ra-kawn-tœr] a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly. Origin: 1820–30; < French, equivalent to racont ( er ) to tell ( Old French r ( e ) – re- + aconter to tell, account) + -eur -eur
So a beer called Raconteur IPA, does that mean it tells an interesting story? The by line for this beer is “a love story about hops”. hhhmmmm I’m beginning to wonder if the brewer is the Raconteur and not the beer?
Anyway Raconteur IPA from Prickly Moses Brewing (Otway) is a beer that is all about hops, but not what I’d call an unbalanced beer. I had a second pint and if I wasn’t due at dinner across town would have happily had several more. I think its a classic American style IPA bursting with citrus hops and a steady malt backbone. Its not one of those horrible chewy crystal bombs that I find indigestible. This is a beer that doesn’t leave you satiated yet fills the hop craving. And its only the first batch so it can only get better from here, no doubt Hendo will tweak the hops. I think there is a touch too much Chinook in the bittering end of it but that’s just me searching for something to say other than I loved it.
A word of warning would be that this is not a huge IPA, you could be mistaken for thinking its a good solid pale ale. Still nice to see a great beer from Otway, and a great US IPA from an Aussie Brewery. Well overdue.
The Crafty Pint gives it a good overview here so I don’t need to write a bucket more.
On a lighter note I met a fellow blogger, James from Beer Bar Band, we’ve exchanged comments via blog a time or two before, been at the same venues but never actually had a beer and a yarn. Good fella, although I thought he would have been taller.
That’s enough for now, need to crack on and head to the coast for the long weekend. Now go get yourself some Raconteur IPA, I’m not certain where you can get it, at Beer Delux on tap for a limited time and I think Slow Beer has it too. If in doubt try the guys at Prickly Moses, its their beer they should know.