Thai underground craft beer; My Beer Friend

I follow this guy on my wife’s FB account.

He puts a lot into his presentation AND into remaining undetected by the police. He sets up shop in Sois around the city only on Friday nights, serving from two taps in his wooden clad motorbike trailer.

I had wanted to try his beer for a long time already,when my wife asked me if his beer was good,as she liked the old fashioned theme,often traditional medicine,of his packaging.

But,I don’t get out much. And, the one time I had set myself up to go for a beer,a funeral happened. End of beer outing.

But,I am a very lucky man. I happen to work with some very super fantastic cool guys. After being told via Line that this beer was 250Baht a bottle,I had to opt out.

So,the fact that I was given the opportunity to try this beer is thanks entirely to Baby Rob and Original Phil. Thank you lads!

My Beer Friend; Anti I Love You IIPA

9.3%, 100 IBUs

Hops; Centennial,Citra,Simcoe, Columbus.

Appearance: Poured with very little carbonation. Almost still. Half finger head from an aggressive pour,quickly receding to a faint covering. Chestnut/light brown.

Aroma: Big in you face sweet toffee malt,of the crystal malt kind. Nose stuck in the glass you get a hint of Columbus and cat pee(from the Citra?). A lot of  crystal malt carries through.

Taste; Big thick coating mouthfeel. Lacking in enough carbonation to help lift the sweetness from the palate.

Rather soft,yet pleasing bitterness that coats the mouth and backs of the teeth. A slight alcohol warmth on the way down,but not boozey by any means. 

A little Citra mixed with Simcoe comes through on the after taste.

As it warms,a slight hint of coffee,of all things,comes through on the taste and aroma.

I find myself looking for more bitterness to balance the sweetness and more flavour/aroma hops.

Overall, sweeter and less bitter than I had imagined,but very enjoyable and enough to calm my hop cravings.

Again, big thank you to Baby Rob and Original Phil for making my Saturday with this present.