Bunker Brew Co

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Hawkshead Brewery – India Pale Ale – 7.0%

From the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley, (part of The Lake District) comes their American style IPA, aptly named ‘IPA’. De canning gives a nice floral bouquet of citrus, stone fruit and grassiness. The beer is moderately carbonated and generates a good thin white head when poured. The appearance is golden amber and has a nice thick smooth body to the mouthfeel. Bitterness is also fairly abrupt and relatively high for an American style ipa, which is a bonus! the bitterness lingers nicely at the back of your tongue. A solid example of a modern IPA without any surprises. Very dependable and very good! I picked up a can of this when I visited their excellent brewery in April.

Hawkshead Brewery IPA

The Hawkshead Brewery Outside

The Hawkshead Brewery Outside

 

Hawkshead Brewery Beer Board

Hawkshead Brewery Beer Board

 

Hawkshead Brewery Tap Pumps

Hawkshead Brewery Tap Pumps

 

Hawkshead Brewery Bottle Shop

Hawkshead Brewery Bottle Shop

 

Hawkshead Brewery Mash Tun

Hawkshead Brewery Mash Tun

 

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De Proefbrouwerij – Préaris Quadrupel – 10.0%

From De Proefbrouwerij comes Préaris Quadrupel at 10.0%. De-capping gives a deep aroma of toffee, coffee, liquorice, sweet chocolate malt and demerara sugar. The pour gives lower than average carbonation and generates a thick lingering white head. The taste of the beer itself is sweetly intense and deeply malty, however surprisingly moreish, the alcohol presence is very well hidden. A whole range of flavours and beer character in a glass, wonderful and destructive. The brew finishes off with a dark chocolate aroma. Overall, full bodied,  and an absolutely perfect Quad for me.

De Proefbrouwerij Préaris Quadrupel

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Magic Rock Brewing – Un-Human Cannonball TIPA 2017 – 11.0%

From Magic Rock Brewing comes Un-Human Cannonball 2017 Edition. This is a TRIPLE IPA. Every year, the Magic Rock Brewing team provide a stupendously big hop hitter that is subtle and completely different from previous years. Decanning is super resinous, marvelously creamy and full of mango, sweet citrus and boiled sweets. The pour is thick, resinous, ultra hazed and the taste is super sweet ultra hopped oily and full bodied. Think aromas of boiled sweets on crack. The beer features a thin head generation, with slow dissipation into a super thin head. There is the distinct chalky aftertaste and hardly any bitterness profile, other than the yeasty bitterness. The ABV is completely hidden. What? 11% without any heat? This is superb. I think I prefer the 2017 Human Cannonball over this one.

Magic Rock Brewing Un Human Cannonball 2017

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Magic Rock Brewing – Cryo Baby IPA – 4.8%

From Magic Rock Brewing & CR/AK comes Cryo Baby IPA at a sessionable 4.8%. Firstly, why Magic Rock Brewing needed to collaborate this brew is anyone’s guess. This beer is all about the mosaic hops! which makes it a magnificent piece of beery art. A session IPA which is full throttle hops. From De-canning, the aroma is spicy, fruity and peppery, a full on juice bomb! The taste is Slightly sweet, carbonation is average with a golden hazed appearance. Head generation is thin and uninspiring. The wonderful aftertaste is juicy and fruity with chalky bitterness. A massive and complex session IPA. Absolutely gorgeous and refreshing.

Magic Rock Brewing Cryo Baby

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Cloudwater Brew Co – NW DIPA Citra – 9.0%

From the Cloudwater Brew Co in Manchester comes NW DIPA Citra at 9.0%. Wow. Just wow. A special seasonal release, often eagerly anticipated in the U.K and often very difficult to reliably acquire. De-canning gives a supernatural and super intense floral citrus creamy aroma. How on earth do you get a creamy aroma? are we talking oats? or is it the hops? anyway, this beer Features the likes of Simcoe, Huell Melon and Mosaic Hops. From just reading the label, you know this is going to be a powerhouse of a Double India Pale Ale, the pour is ultra hazed and hazed golden in appearance with a high particle presence of hops, yeasty particles and fairy dust.

The aroma and taste work in absolute synchronous harmony, generating a tropical orange, pineapple juice bomb like flavour with the presence of papaya, mango, orange citrus and stardust (if i can only imagine what stardust tastes like). The aftertaste is surprisingly bitter, yet moreish, ultra bitter in fact with a chalky aftermath palate wrecker presence. Blimey! Notably, the alcohol presence is completely and utterly subdued under the massive hop and juicy malt presence. This is the ultimate taste extreme beer if ever I’ve had one. The carbonation is medium and complements the rainbow of flavours that make up this spectacular beer. Lastly to mention, after an initial thick head generation, this drops to a thin skin. This is by far a Borderline beer and hop extract and frankly I find that the beer is slightly unbelievable. Fruit packed and bitter pith to a level I find hard to describe. Perhaps the most memorable DIPA to date. As a homebrewer, I can only imagine the horror at the amount of aroma type hops that were needed to generate this kind of flavour, texture and appearance. If you can find one, drink it. Don’t share it. Don’t save it.

Cloudwater NW DIPA Citra

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Brasserie De La Senne – Zinnebir – 5.8%

From the Brasserie De La Senne in Belgium comes Zinnebir at 5.8%. Decapping gives a pleasantly overly hoppy aroma of Belgian noble hops. Good! The pour is deep golden, generating a great thick fluffy head from the higher than average carbonation level.  The taste is certainly down the pilsner route but adding higher than average bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit of a Belgian /german beer hybrid, yet not overly sweet either. The fresh grassy hop aroma ties in wonderfully with a light malty core. Highly refreshing beer that is very sessionable with an all round appeal. Really quite well done. One of my favourite label designs to date.

Brasserie De La Senne Zinne Bir