In the line of Zephyrus IPAs from Four Winds Brewing comes the Vexillum. As an Imperial IPA this is the biggest beer to come in the series to date. Weighing in at 9% alcohol and 100 IBUs this will surely be a beer with a stiffness to it. From the typical Four Winds labeled bottle this Imperial IPA pours as a lightly opaque golden colour topped with two fingers of dense and heavily lacing head. From the Vexillum comes a big and tropical aroma. Big mango, melon and citrus hop tones come through is a delicious, and not all that boozy smelling beer. The body is big but not as intense as you may expect. A balanced flavour of mango, melon and grapefruit makes for a smooth and fruity flavour profile. Rather light and sessionable given the intensity of this beer the Vexillum is un-categorically smooth and extremely delicious. While big, Imperial IPAs tend to get a little intense on the alcohol end of the spectrum Four Winds has made a unique and very enjoyable Imperial IPA. Even at 100 IBUs the bitterness is not over the top and leaves room for the flavour to shine! It is not like Four Winds to disappoint and the Vexillum is by no means an exception.
Alcohol – 9.0%
IBU – 100
Size – 650ml bottles
Price – $9.50 (Craft Beer Retailer)