A collaboration between Verdant and Sureshot which has created perhaps the greatest name for a beer that I have ever seen. A mash-up of Verdant's classic 'Even Sharks Need Water' NEIPA crossed with Sureshot's 'Tim The Human Fish' NEIPA, they've gone doubled their winnings to create a beer that is as much of an existential question as it is a drink.
Would a human shark need water? It would depend on which half is the shark, wouldn't it? Do human sharks have gills? Is this more saying that Tim, as a part-human entity, would need water in the same way that all humans need water to survive? A lot to ponder on this one.
Strong, resinous odour from the can pop which stays dank as you pour it out. Stunning light yellow pour that's so hazy it's opaque, which also gives it a real dense and creamy texture that works well with the smoothness.
It's dank at the top of the flavour profile but as it develops there's a definitely fruity element to it with some tropical sweetness just about detectable underneath the dankness.
There's a hoppy bitterness to it that runs from start to finish and works well with the dank flavours at the top and the fruitier flavours towards the back of the profile. The finish is surprisingly light given the strength and personality of the beer, with a subtly bitter aftertaste.
The can, like the beer name itself, is a mixture of both the original source beers from both breweries. The design is from Tim The Human Fish, with the arm and shark-face hand puppet being the main design feature combined with the now classic black and yellow colour scheme from the excellent Even Sharks Need Water label.
I would say that this can label design is better than both of the original label designs, and with the odd name, eye-catching colour scheme and unusual design it's a definite winner.
A joy to drink, going down smoothly with a range of flavours that give it a lot of depth and dimensions. The questions posed by a whether a human shark needs water or not is an added bonus that had me still wondering long after the can was in the recycling and the glass in the sink.