Titanic are one of those breweries that may look a little old fashioned at a glance, with slightly tongue in cheek beer names and dated website etc, but actually make some fantastic modern beers. Titanic Stout is still a favourite of mine, it's one of the bottled beers I keep going back to again and again. Perfect carbonation and deeply roasty, malty cocoa flavours that come together in a smooth, hugely drinkable beer. I also really enjoyed the Titanic New York Wheat Porter I tried during one of last years Wetherspoons Real Ale Festivals.
So it was a pleasant surprise on a recent supermarket trip to see a big 'New' sign down the beer aisle and this offering from Titanic next to it.
The daftly named 'Iceberg' (I did warn you) is acombination of Maris Otter pale malt and wheat malt, with Yakima Galena and Cascade hops. Sounds promising.
The clear bottle wasn't really selling it to me if I'm honest, although it did allow me to see the fantastic colour of this brew. For a wheat beer it only has a very light haziness, it's almost clear, with a really nice pale orange hue, more vienna lager than wheat beer.
There's not a lot to pick up on smellwise, just a little crisp hop and a slight lemony freshness. It has an almost pilsnerlike light aroma.
The taste starts lemony and fresh with a very slight light malt, that takes a few sips to pick up on. There's a nice bitter orange pithyness but not that full on orange flavour you would associate with a normal wheat beer. The body is very light and doesn't have much of a traditional wheat beer thickness to it - but the lightness suits the beer and it doesn't ever taste 'thin'. It poured with a thin head but it stuck around.
This is where things get really interesting. Hugely bitter citrusy lemon hops come through in the end and it finishes extremely bitter with massive hop dryness. This is a really clever beer where the hops come through late but huge, the finish is very, very long and that hop bitterness just builds and lingers longer with every sip. It's very refreshing but that dryness just urges you to take another sip. I'm glad it's a relatively low abv because it is just so damn drinkable.
Which brings me to my next point. This beer surprised me. At 4.1% this is a session strength beer that is huge on flavour, something I haven't found in a really long time.
I really enoyed this quite unusual beer, it's got the bitterness in the finish of a great IPA but the refreshing quality of a light wheat beer or great unflitered pilsner. A perfect summer beer. What a find, and easily in time for BBQ season!