Today w are favoured by a visiting double IPA from Brazil's Cerveza Colorado: Vixnu. One of the more playful labels to date, with its depiction of a six-armed bear, and the color text promises a bold mixture of hops softened by the addition of sugar cane juice.
In the glass, Vixnu presents a lovely reddish copper, with a decent head. Lots of citrusy hops in the aroma, but also hints of sweetness, either from the addition of sugar cane juice or the 9.5% ABV.
The taste is similarly balanced, with the powerful hop flavours providing a tart counterpoint to the added sweetness; very smooth for such a high test beer. Despite being a double IPA, the hops do not run roughshod over the beer, making for a vary pleasing drink. Hardcore hopheads might even be a little disappointed, but recent converts like myself are in for a treat.