Butcombe Brewery -31 HOP IPA
From the Butcombe Brewery in Bristol, representing M&S comes the 31 HOP IPA. What does a beer with 31 types of hops taste like you ask? The label lists the following as present… Cascade, Galaxy, Vic’s secret, Saaz, Strisselspalt, Aramis, Polaris, Brewer’s Gold, Tettnang, Sorachi Ace, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Junga, Savinjski Goldings, Fuggle, WGV, Challenger, First Gold, Bramling Cross, Northdown, East Kent Goldings, Citra, Centennial, Chinook, Mosaic, Sterling, Amarillo, Summit, Simcoe, Equinox and Galena.
Decapping gives a faint suggestion whiff of fruity citrus. Disappointing. The pour is blonde and higher than average in the carbonation department. Head generation and retention is overall very good. The body of the beer is quite light and smooth with a low bitterness to the taste. The beer is not at all sweet either. The hop presence is slightly herbal, yet completely understated, the fruity hop aroma develops a little better as the beer settles. Overall the beer is sessionable but lacks character for such a ballsy name. Unexciting and fairly generic supermarket type old skool ‘real ale’ beer. Dull.