Beer Review: Nutjob – Boss Brewing

Another new brewery featured in the Lidl beer festival, however, not from Scotland but from Swansea in Wales. This is Boss Brewing and their Peanut Butter Pale ‘Nutjob’. Very interesting concept I think as the typical beer style to carry peanut flavours is often the stout, so to see it in a pale ale could go either way in my eyes. Boss Brewing also has an interesting history in that they recently were sent a ridiculous cease and desist by Hugo Boss over trademarking of their brewery name. If small time breweries didn’t have enough trouble competing with the regional ones like Marstons apparently they also have to worry about multinational corporations raining on the parade. Anyway, onto the review.

Visually the beer pours an orange gold with almost no head at all. The nose is slightly strange. There is a faint nuttiness within the aroma but also and almost cabbage like whiff as well. The flavour is very similar in that regard. You get certain peanut butter in but with this weird cabbage mix, it is all very bizarre. The finish is bitter but one that dissipates quickly.

A quick note on the bottle art: It’s certainly unique but I’m not sure I’m a big fan. There’s a lot going on but I think the biggest issue is that the browns used for the peanut butter do not stand out from the brown bottle very much. The photo makes them seem more contrasting than they actually are.

What a bizarre beer. Firstly I want to say this isn’t undrinkable. However, I just don’t think it works at all. I’m not sure were this cabbage flavour is coming from but it is not particularly pleasant at all. The peanut flavours are there and the beer is fairly smooth, but it is being overshadowed by that brassica. Perhaps the issue arises in that according to the ingredients on the back there are no nuts in the beer at all, so it might be a case of whatever adjunct they are using imparting this flavour. Despite this I’m not put off the brewery and would still like to give their other beers ago, if I’d thought negatively after one beer I wouldn’t have found the gems in the Fourpure bundle.

Score: 3/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Price: £1.49
  • Purchase Location: Lidl

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