I’ve run into beers from Papa Tods Brewing a few times before and been finding them pretty decent. It’s a craft beer that can be found around Bangkok but it’s increasingly difficult to find these beers because of them being brewed without a license. If you’re not familiar with the illegal Thai craft beers then this is because it’s pretty much impossible for Thai craft beer brewers to get a license because of ridiculous requirements.
This time I actually had time to sit down and reflect over these beers a bit and write this review. The beers I had were Solomon City Newengland, NE Victoria, Lemon Witbier Plum, and a Stout with a name written in Cyrillic, Попойка (Popoika) which I could not figure out what meant.
Anyways, here are my thoughts on these unique Thai Craft Beers from Papa Tods.
Papa Tods – Solomon City Newengland – ABV 7%
As can be seen from the picture this beer has a typical hazy NEIPA look. Smells heavy of hops and it might actually be dry-hopped, possibly with cryo hops. The same I could say about the flavour and there’s some hop burn to it, possibly a very fresh batch.
The aroma is quite simple but flavour is more complex with pineapple, tangerine and apricot flavours, it’s even a bit herbal. Balanced with a nice bitterness that is actually a lot more powerful than in most New England IPAs. It feels like the beer is a bit all over the place so it’s definitely a very interesting beer and not a very typical NEIPA.
Papa Tods – Victoria Single Hop – ABV 6.6%
Victoria single hop, tropical aroma compared to the Solomon City Newengland which smelled like hops and weed. This one is more true to the style as there are a lot of soft tropical notes in the aroma. Not much bitterness, medium mouthfeel and quite low on carbonation.
Papa Tods – Lemon Witbier Plum – ABV 5.8%
I was looking for a sour beer but I couldn’t find one at the craft beer bar in Bangkok I was at. This was a great second choice though as I wanted a fruity beer. I had drunk only Papa Tods for the whole evening and I was fairly satisfied with the beers I have had. I got very strong notes of wine in the aroma. Even the flavour is very much like a non-dry white wine although not sweet. Plum. A bit tart. A very odd experience but I quite enjoyed it.
Papa Tods – Попойка (Popoika)
Very light in the aroma, a bit of chocolate – a bit of coffee. The same applies to the flavour and because of the inoffensive nature of the beer the alcohol pushes through too much. Feels like artificial chocolate flavouring. The taste isn’t bad in itself but a bit unbalanced considering it is supposed to be a big beer at 8.5%, flavour-wise it’s not. A very light body and the flavours are way too weak. Supposedly it’s barrel-aged which surprised me quite a bit.
If you are looking for this specific Thai craft beer brewer you will have the biggest chance of finding some of the cans or bottles in Bangkok. It’s not very easy to find but it can be done if you ask around a bit. Of these beers, I probably liked the Solomon City the most although it was more bitter than a NEIPA should be. Anyways I enjoyed my few cans of this particular Thai craft beer and I can definitely recommend seeking them up.