This is the final review of the Weird Beard beer week here at Big Friendly Grub, and we’re finish strong – strong in flavour, strong in ABV, and strong in overall quality. Five o’ Clock shadow is an IPA from Weird beard that is one of their core beers, and one that they market as a beer that you should crack open after a “rough day at work”, “be at one with your stubble” and is “the real Desperate Dan of the beer world”. And after trying a Five o’ Clock Shadow, you can see they’re not wrong.
On the initial pour, you can tell there’s going to be a good bit of body to this beer – Five o’ Clock Shadow pours a hazy, golden, amber brown with a thin foam. It’s not the prettiest beer, but you can tell it’s going to have a lot going on. It’s when you bring it up to your nose that it starts bringing it’s A game. The aroma is strong on citrus, specifically grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest but also with reminders of Apple Pie, cinnamon and, because it is an IPA, it’s also heavy on the hops. But it’s in the taste is where it really matters though and it’s got flavours in abundance where it embraces it’s IPA hoppiness and brings big, strong hits of grapefruit as well as lemon zest, blood orange and small notes of sharp summer fruits. The result is a bitter, yet smooth, beer which is far easier to drink than you would expect of a 7% IPA.
Weird Beard’s description of Five o’ Clock Shadow is spot on, as it is a beer which is perfect to crack open at the end of a long, hard day at work. But it’s also a really nice, enjoyable beer that you could open and enjoy at any time. If you’re after a really nice IPA to keep as a staple in your beer fridge, then this is a definitely a strong contender.
A wonderful IPA which is perfect after a long, hard day at work.