Southern Conspiracy is a collaboration beer between Bristol Beer Factory and Dark Star Brewing Company, I had the chance to try this beer this week at the Bristol Beer Factory brewery tour – so what did I think of it?
It is unusual for me to post a review without pictures, this should give an indication of just how special I think this beer is. Also if you read any of my tweets about it then you might have been fooled into thinking that I had just fell in love – well this beer comes close, I am certainly up for a beer affair with it and will gladly cheat on my usual hoppy beers – sorry Thornbridge Jaipur.
The first thing you note about Southern Conspiracy is the nose, it is seriously fruity, it contains all the scents of fresh tropical fruit you could want in an IPA, there is mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and even some citrus.
Then there is the flavour, a delicious blend of fruits, pine resin and fresh hoppyness. It is not dominated by the grapefruit flavours often associated with similar beers, they are present but Southern Conspiracy is much more complex with mango and passion fruit.
The bitter end to the beer although very dry is refreshing, it was quite warm on the brewery tour but I found this beer just right as a thirst quencher in the heat.
We were warned on the tour that this was a strong beer (6.3%ABV) but it is very very drinkable, I think this will be the cause of a few wobbly nights for those who are lucky enough to be at a pub when it is on.
The good news is that Southern Conspiracy will be available in bottles, so if you aren’t near a pub which serves Dark Star Brewing Company or Bristol Beer Factory beer then you will still be able to try this.
There is also a special version of Southern Conspiracy which is being aged in white wine casks with gooseberrys – this will push the flavours to an even more explosive level and I am already excited about the prospects of trying this.
So, cheers to the brewers at both Bristol Beer Factory and Dark Star Brewing Company, Southern Conspiracy is a truly epic beer and has to appear not only in my favourite beers this year but maybe ever.