Brampton Brewery – Black IPA – 4.8%
From the Brampton Brewery in Chesterfield, Derbyshire comes their Black IPA at 4.8%. Decapping gives a chocolate citrus combo punch with hint of liquorice. The pour is quite special, with good head generation and a fleeting attempting to creep out of the glass. The head is silky smooth, reducing to a creamy finger ends worth of head, more commonly seen with a nitrogen influence. The beer is quite thin on the mouthfeel, close to a porter but has a good bitter foundation. The aroma is dominant roasted malt and chocolate which lingers like a layer beneath a slight sweet citrus aroma. The two layers fight it out to almost a draw. I still find the black IPA a muddled style. This ale has the head of a good oat stout, the sweet body and mouthfeel of porter and the aromatics of a semi decent IPA. Overall, quite a pleasant ale to drink. A new brewery for me.