Review: Dastardly Villain Nefarious Plan "A" Dry Hopped Yellow Ale

Honestly, I've never heard of Dastardly Villain Brewing but a good friend of mine who isn't even a beer geek told me about them just the other day, so of course I had to pick up their beer!

I picked up a can of their Nefarious Plan "A" Dry Hopped Yellow Ale, which we all know is going to be an (I)PA but with the villain vibe they're going for, they're kind of missing a dog that likes to laugh at shenanigans gone wrong!

WTF IS A YELLOW ALE? Well, it's not a red ale or a brown ale, and it's yellow, so we're calling it a yellow ale. We don't brew beer to fit someone else's predefined category! Our Nefarious Plan A is an aromatic hop forward ale, one that is smooth, tasty, and easy to drink. It follows through with a balanced, flavourful, light grainy character, to a clean refreshing finish. Pairing well with practically anything, this thirst quenching ale is best shared with a friend, so don't be cheap - pick up a second can! This is our Nefarious Plan - global domination through beer, and Plan A is just the beginning. Bwah-ha-ha! ~ Doctor P. D. McDastardly; Master Brewer, Genius, Professor of Zymurgy, and Evil Mad Scientist. 5% ABV

Appearance: Golden ale with a tad bit of cloudiness to it, moderate amount of carbonation and a faint white head on top that diminishes pretty gradually to leave behind a light amount of head on top.

Aroma: Your typical classic Pale Ale/English IPA - floral and bitter hop forward presence with notes of caramel, hint of grapefruit and a tad bit of a spice (pepper) that likes to linger for a second or two. Very malt forward.

Taste: Caramel malt presence with a hefty hop profile at the same time - lots of leafy and floral notes to it, notes of pine, a hint of an Earl Grey tea-like flavour at the end.

Overall Thoughts: I don't know why but the label pretty much gave me a vibe of what to expect out of the beer. It's a bitter (I)PA/Yellow Ale that's got a lot of hop presence and lots of malt. Something that a Dastardly Villain would definitely try to get popular again rather than most brewers. Not bad for the first beer I've ever tried by them, I just need some Muttley in my life for the times if the Dastardly Villain fails on something!

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