Bunker Brew Co

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Vibrant Forest – Netherworld Imperial Red IPA – 8.3%

From The Vibrant Forest Brewery comes Netherworld Imperial Red IPA at 8.3%. On De-capping, the pour was very active and the sediment was a bit more agitated than I expected, resulting in an active snow globe event! The aroma is deep and peachy, further reinforced by sweet maltiness as the aroma disappears. A thick off white creamy bubbly head was generated, that lingers persistently throughout. The taste is malty and Bitter, and perhaps a bit cloying and sweet. The hoppiness drops off considerably and the warm alcohol poking through at the end. Full bodied, fairly pleasant, but perhaps overly bitter, even for my liking. Personally I don’t think the beer was stored adequately, probably resulting in an odd barley wine hybrid.

Vibrant Forest Brewery Netherworld IPA

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Bunker Brew Co – King Atlas IPA – 7.2%

One of my homebrew experiments! From the fictitious Bunker Brew Co comes King Atlas IPA at 7.2%.  A slightly herbal fruity aroma on decapping. The pour is average to high carbonation, with an appearance of slightly hazed orange. Head generation is initially high, then drops off to a thick finger width of retention. Once in the glass, the aroma is slightly citrus orange, reinforcing the taste with a layer of bitter orange pithiness, followed by an additional layer of hop bitterness. The body is thick and resinous, carbonation drops off to allow the aroma and body to poke through. One of my better homebrews.

One of the most difficult review processes is that of your own beer. Often highly critical, it is something that I haven’t done in a while. This brew features a fairly large does of Pacific Gem, Herkules, Pride of Ringwood & Junga hops during the boil, I wanted to create something slightly more European in the IPA realm, rather than the blasting of senses via the American C hops or the low alpha New Zealand. The dry hopping was focused entirely around the Atlas hop, using 100g of leafy hops which sat in the primary fermenter for 5 days, partially through an active fermentation to enable considerable agitation and flavour additions. The result is a slightly resinous, but smooth, resulting in a full bodied IPA that combines good bittering with a slightly subdued resinous aroma. I’m quite happy all in all with this one.

Bunker Brew Co King Atlas IPA

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Mikkeller – 19 American Style IPA – 6.9%

Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij in conjunction with Mikkeller, ’19’ is an American Style IPA. This is a beer brewed by Belgian hands. What cannot be better? De-capping gives a floral punch of citrus aroma hops. The pour is superb, generating a thick lively white head, clearly a Belgian style ale with a superb head generation and retention. The body of the beer is smooth and full, with a compact carbonation. Overall, the bitterness is pleasant, and moderately high and as expected, the hop sweetness pokes through and reinforces it all right at the end. The sweet malt backbone develops hand in hand with the hop intensity to make a superb European translation of an American IPA style.

Mikkeller 19 American Style IPA

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Magic Rock Brewing – Telepathy IPA – 7.2%

From Magic Rock Brewing comes Telepathy IPA at 7.2%. De-canning gives super fresh hop aroma of dank citrus, grass, mango and papaya. A tropical hop bomb aroma of epic proportions. The pour is super hazy, New England IPA style, haziness is intermingled with a luminance of glowing orange effect. Reading the can this one has a massive oaty presence. You can tell partially by the thick mouthfeel and body of the beer. Head existence is minimal and drops to nothing, probably due to the oil from the oatiness. The beer is fairly sweet with a chalkiness in the aftertaste, finished off with a deep rich bitterness that lingers and conflicts slightly with the sweetness and massive aroma hoppiness. The aftertaste literally costs the inside of your mouth with an oddly pleasant chalkiness. Cascade, Mosaic, Simcoe and Denali all feature wonderfully in a dance of hoppiness.

Magic Rock Brewing Telepathy IPA

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Lervig Aktiebryggeri – 3 Bean Stout – 13.0%

From Lervig Aktiebryggeri comes their 3 Bean Stout at 13.0%. De-capping gives an intense aroma of chocolate and wintery spice. A subtle presence of cloves emerges towards the end, but not intensely or unpleasantly so. This is a really odd beer profile for me. The carbonation is bare bones minimum, the head drops off instantly from the pour and there is an oily presence of cocoa in the taste. To say how strong the ABV is, the beer hides it very well. I didn’t initially like this beer on de-capping, but I slowly warmed to it. The taste of the beer is intense and cloyingly sweet. Bitterness is moderate and confused slightly by the high sweetness. Oddly but moderately pleasant, with hints of coffee chocolate emerging towards the end. This is a really difficult marmite beer. Probably the most challenging beer so far. Overall, do I like it? I’m not sure entirely.

Lervig 3 Bean Stout

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Crazy Mountain – Hookiebobb IPA – 6.7%

From Crazy Mountain Brewing comes Hookiebobb IPA at 6.7%. De-canning gives an intense and creamy fresh citrus aroma that is very well received. The appearance is light orange and moderately carbonated. Head generation is initially large and retention is very kept, leaving a thick white head throughout. Amazingly, the beer is super fresh with little maltinesses coming through. I’d describe this as fruity with a pithy intense bitter aftertaste to destroy your taste buds. The sweet citrus aroma develops becoming more intense as the beer warms. I’ve not found a beer as complex in quite a long time. Somehow the light fruity flavours descend slowly in your mouth, hitting each set of taste buds to a crescendo bitterness that just sits mellowing on either side of the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied and altogether this is a sensational American IPA. Top marks!

Hookiebobb IPA