#330 Pink Elephant – Mammothn

Pink Elephant MammothName: Mammoth
Brewery: Pink Elephant
Style: Strong Ale
ABV: 7%
Source: Vic Park NW

Ahh Pink Elephant, you crazy, lovable, mysterious beast.

As I was saying the other day: this brewery is something that I know nothing about yet find myself oddly drawn to – like the country Finland or the word ‘discombobulate’.

And it doesn’t matter that I don’t know anything about them, because after drinking this Mammoth I’ve decided I definitely like the beer.

The Mammoth  had aromas of toffee, ripe stonefruit and warm spices. In the mouth it was hoppier than I was expecting, with lots of fruit coming through as well as sweet raisins and toffee in the malt. The finish was crisp and bitter, gently encouraging the next sip. I can’t currently recall all the New Zealand strong ales I’ve tried – but I’d say this has a good shot at being the best.

As a side note, I see the commercial description of this beer reads “acclaimed by Michael Jackson” and it does not say in brackets “the beer guy, not the pop sensation”. Now to beer nerds the distinction may be ob-vi-ous, but regular punters (i.e me this time last year) must think it’s the latter. I wonder if that would be a selling point or a turn-off?

Published in: on July 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

#316 Pink Elephant – Golden Tusk

Pink Elephant Golden Tusk Name: Golden Tusk
Brewery: Pink Elephant
Style: ESB
ABV: 7.1%
Source: New World

It’s been about 10 months since I last drank a Pink Elephant beer,  and in that time the brewery has remained a complete mystery to me. I’ve never read a Tweet from or about them, never seen a Pink Elephant beer launch party on Facebook, and never heard the brewer’s name dropped in beer geek gossip. This, coupled with their 90’s comic sans website, make them kind of endearing to me.

They seem to make quite interesting beer, too. The Trumpet and in particular the Pink’s Peculiar (what a mouthful) were both wonderfully weird, and gave me the impression that the brewer could be a bit of a lone ranger. Rather than making fashionable IPAs and Tweeting about it, I imagine the brewer making these old-fashioned concoctions in a dark basement while chewing aniseed balls and dreaming of England.

The Golden Tusk had quite a nice aroma – toffee, ripe fruit and a touch of alcohol, and in the mouth it tasted rich and malty at first with a short resinous hop finish. It was quite nice, but had a harsh edge which reminded me that it if I drank the whole thing I’d probably end up with a headache. Sometimes I wish more beers would be so obvious with their warning signs…

Published in: on July 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

#65 Pink Elephant – Pink’s Peculiar

Pink Elephant Pink's Peculiar Name: Pink’s Peculiar
Brewery: Pink Elephant (Blenheim, New Zealand)
Style: Traditional Ale
ABV: 8%
Source: Regional Wines (Wellington)

OK, I’ve just smelled this beer and realised it’s going to be a weird one. Weird beers are always best documented with a ‘type as I taste’ post, so here goes…

As soon as I take the bottle cap off I smell the miso soup I had for dinner last night. I pour it (thick and black) and decide the aroma is really soy sauce. No, no, it’s VEGEMITE! Yes! Maybe just a little bit of chocolate and espresso, but mostly, definitely, vegemite.

It tastes-HOLY SHIT IT’S SOUR!! Wasn’t expecting that. My God. My saliva glands are going into hyperdrive as they try to cope with this sudden influx of acidity. It’s even… yes it is, a little bit salty on the tip of my tongue. What the hell kind of beer is this??

OK. Trying to discern some more flavours other than vegemite and sour. Basically it’s part porter (soy, coffee,chocolate) part sour fruit insanity – green plums and gooseberries. Yes.

The next question is, am I enjoying it?

God, too hard to tell. There’s so much going on. I’m drinking it, sure, but I think it’s for the intrigue rather than pleasure…

On second thoughts it’s really not bad. It reminds me a bit of the De Molen Hemel & Aarde, but I actually prefer this because of the sourness… It’s clean somehow – washes out your mouth and stops all those bizarre flavours from getting too overbearing.

Yes, yes actually I think I quite like it. But then – I like eating lemons by themselves (I used to take them to school in my lunch) so my judgement regarding sour things might be a little skewed.

I’ve just had a look at the bottle to see if it could shed any light as to what in God’s name this beer is supposed to be (it didn’t) but the description is so funny/bizarre that I have to share that as well.

Pink's Peculiar
I don’t know anything about Pink Elephant Brewery (mostly because they’re not on Twitter), but both beers that I’ve tried so far have been wonderfully odd. I can’t wait to get some more!

Published in: on October 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm  Comments (3)  

#42 Pink Elephant – Trumpet

Pink Elephant TrumpetName: Trumpet
Brewery: Pink Elephant (Blenheim, New Zealand)
Style: Barley Wine
ABV: 10.4%
Source: Forrest Hill Liquorland

As those who know me can probably guess, I chose this one because of its name. My boyfriend plays the trumpet for a living (yep, you can do that!) and so it’s an instrument that I listen to a lot. In fact even as I type he’s downstairs giving a lesson to an 8-year-old boy, who is playing a rather grating rendition of “Summertime”.

The only way to deal with this kind of cacophony is to get drunk, and that’s exactly what I am after drinking this  10.4% beer before dinner.

This is my first ever beer from Pink Elephant, my first ever Barley Wine, and I think it’s the strongest beer that I’ve had on my blog so far. Given all those firsts this should really be a pretty comprehensive post, but I’m just too drunk to do it properly.

The aroma was sweet and not easily undefinable – lollies, bannoffie pie, something a bit Belgium. The taste was really sweet at first, then strong, alcoholic, fruity and slightly sour. Something about it reminded me of the Moinette Biologique – probably because it had a slight candyfloss/gewurtz vibe to it.

OK, I actually just took a two hour break because I was feeling too pissed to keep writing. My conclusion is that while it was kinda yum, it was just a bit too boozy for a wee lass like me.

On the plus side, the 8-year-old boy has gone from our garage and my favourite Auckland band, Bannerman are rehearsing instead. Check them out!

Published in: on September 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm  Comments (2)