It's not quite as disgusting as the title suggests, actually it's bloody lovely. Wheat wacker comes to us from Black Diamond, a brewery I always enjoy but never seem to drink enough of their stuff for some reason. Maybe it's the import prices, the same reason I tend not to buy a lot of American beer. I buy plenty of US beer in Ireland but it tends to be one off bottles as opposed to buying it regularly because pf the price and usually the small bottles. No problem here because Wheat wacker comes in a respectable 660ml bottle, something that needs to be remembered because it's too much to fit in a pint glass. When recycling the bottle the other day I found I had left the rest and forgotten about it. I felt like crying.
Now on to the beer. What the hell is an India wheat ale anyway? Well the fact is, I brewed one before and here is what happened.
My first taste test can be read here but I felt it was infected. Here is the recipe if you are interested.
It started out being very odd and sour, it really tasted infected. After a few weeks in the keg though it mellowed out and because a beautiful and refreshing beer that had a Berliner Weisse like sourness, though having never had Berliner Weisse I can't say for certain.
Anyway, why am I talking about my homebrew? Well it's simply because not only is Wheat wacker the same style as Wheaty goodness, it turns out they taste remarkably similar so it's very likely now that my beer was never infected at all. It looks likely that the sourness was a result of the mixing of a wheat beer base (malt and yeast) with the hops of an IPA. In my case I used Rakau for aroma at the end of the boil, which is a high alpha acid hop that imparts tropical fruit flavours as well as more traditional citrusy notes you get from Cascade or Amarillo etc.
It might also have something to do with fermenting warm to get the esters from the yeast.
I will be buying more of this I reckon, well assuming it makes another appearance over here. At the very least I reckon it's time to try something similar again at home.