Bunker Brew Co

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Cloudwater – Imperial IPA – Centennial – 9.0%

From The Cloudwater Brew Co comes Imperial IPA Centennial at 9.0%. De-canning gives a complex fruity depth of peachy stone fruit hop aroma. Head generation is average and retention is perfection, leaving a thick white thumb of head throughout the life of the beer. This is a cloudy hazy brew by design, light orange in appearance, with an average carbonation. The aroma develops as the beer warms in the glass adding more sweetness and chalkiness. The taste is a wonderful blend of bittersweet, with little to no emphasis on bitter. The beer is super fruity, both in aftertaste and aroma lending greatness to a full bodied complex ale. Perhaps one of the best Cloudwater ales I’ve tried. The 9.0% ABV is a complete marvel of mystery, not even detectable. Overall, super fresh, slightly chalky, and absolutely superb. An amazing beer that showcases Centennial hops as a masterpiece. Absolutely Loving it.

Cloudwater IIPA Centennial

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Abbeydale Brewery – Voyager IPA – 5.6%

From the amazing Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield comes Voyager IPA at 5.6%. De-canning gives a superb dank aroma of citrus, melon and peach. The pour is deliciously murky, yet inviting, being bright orange in appearance with a compact punchy carbonation. Head generation and retention is also pretty decent, with plenty of hop character featuring Citra, Summer and Vic Secret hops, giving an excellent tropical fruity aftertaste. Bitterness takes a seat in this beer, concentrating on the wonderful hop flavours present.

Abbeydale Brewery Voyager IPA

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Redwillow Brewery – Perceptionless – New England IPA – 6.6%

From The Redwillow Brewery in Macclesfield comes Perceptionless New England IPA at 6.6%. De-canning gives a chalky aroma of fresh citrus and hop goodness, Carbonation is average, generating a foamy white head. Retention is poor, but the beer features a thick mouthfeel and chalky bitter aftertaste. Very Juicy and full bodied. The mouth smacking citrus from the Citra hops seem to emphasise the malt character perfectly. Overall, an absolutely superb beer. Carbonation is spot on for a canned ale! Thoroughly recommended.

Redwillow Perceptionless New England IPA

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Victory Brewing Co – Vital IPA – 6.5%

From the Victory Brewing Company comes Vital IPA at 6.5%. Oddly, for an American brew, there is virtually no aroma (other than a slight whiff of German hallertau hops). The taste resembles Pilsner and colour is Pilsner like, yet the beer has a tight compact carbonation, almost soft on the palate. The beer body is thick and smooth with an almost sherbet aftertaste. Incredibly smooth finished with a hint of sweet dryness. An excellent example of a malt forward ale, lacking on the aroma, but amazingly tasty in the aftertaste and mouthfeel. ABV is hidden completely. Top beer!

Victory Vital IPA

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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