Bunker Brew Co

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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

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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