Bon Bon TNT
Tasting: June 30,2015
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 767 (& 768)
Do you think it’s a little odd to name a beer after someone that died of acute alcohol poisoning? Would the fact that the tribute is directed to former AC/DC front man, Bon Scott sway or solidify your opinion? After all, the late-Australian lead singer was posthumously honored by his former band mates in songs like Back in Black, Hell’s Bells and (ahem)…Have a Drink on Me. I’d have to think that Bon would be cool with it.
Well, this Queens-based brewery has a musical connection as the term “single cut” is a body style of guitar. With the exception of two beers all of their other beers have a music reference. I guess I should have read more about Shuggie when I wrote about Singlecut’s Soul Bender IPA (92 points).
I purchased a growler of Bon Bon TNT at Cable Beverage for an entirely reasonable $14.99. Shared most of it with my friend Mike after work today. Cloudy pour with some floaties like a Vermont beer. You can immediately tell this is a quality imperial IPA. Fresh tasting hops, green pepper, mango, grapefruit, cut grass and a zesty black pepper finish. Bon Bon TNT does lack a little in malt backbone but that’s probably its only fault (at least in my eyes). Funny, at the bottom of the glass and completely warm I pick up an oregano flavor. Very nice 94 points.
I’ll also note that I had a quick glass of Singlecut’s Billy Half-Stack, a 6.6% ABV IPA. Again, a music reference as in half stack of music amps. Like Bon Bon TNT, this IPA was made with Australian and New Zealand hops, this 88 IBU beer was certainly hop-centric but a bit more mellow than Bon Bon TNT. I liked it and I’m liking this brewery more and more. 90 points for the half stack