Bunker Brew Co

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Bluestone Brewing Co – Pierre Bleu Saison – 6.5%

From The Bluestone Brewing Co in Wales, comes Pierre Bleu Saison at 6.5%. De-capping gives a nice and pleasant fruity yeast ester aroma with just a hint of smoke. Fresh smelling and generating a massive head on the pour. this lingers wonderfully, forming a thick finger width of white froth throughout the duration of the beer. The appearance is a wonderful deep orange and nicely hazed for the style. The beer is full bodied and compactly carbonated. The finish is slightly sweet and moderately dry on the aftertaste. Hardly any bitterness appears either.  All in all, a pretty good saison from a brewery i’d never heard of. Excellent & well done!

Bluestone Brewing Pierre Bleu Saison

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Mikkeller – I Wish – Gluten Free IPA – 5.5%

From Mikkeller comes I Wish, a Gluten Free IPA at 5.5%. De-capping gives a short sharp aroma of citrus hops, followed by gushing and more gushing…..(from cold) resulting in an unimpressive beer mess. The Aroma drops off to give an average malt forward ‘supermarket’ style British IPA with cloying sweetness and fruitiness. The beer has decent body, above average bitterness, sweet maltinesses. No head retention and after the gushing, the beer turns out a little bit flat. Decent-ish IPA, but from Mikkeller? I feel a little bit robbed and I would have expected a bit more. Maybe a bad batch? I wish!

Mikkeller I Wish Gluten Free IPA

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North Brewing Co & Ilkley Brewing – Bonaparte – 3.2%

From North Brewing Co & Ilkley Brewing Co comes Bonaparte ‘Dry Hopped’ Berliner Weisse at 3.2%. A nice fragrance of generic hoppiness ascends upon de-canning the beer, followed by a hint of vinegar like aroma. The pour is lively with a good skin of white head forming on the top. The beer is ultra pale in appearance with a high level of carbonation. The taste is mostly sour, with a touch of vinegar and and the slightest hint of sweetness at the end. Unfortunately, there’s not much going on in the taste department other than an slight suggestion of hops in the aftertaste, leaving virtually no bitterness. The malt influence lacks significantly to add any flavour, leaving the finish as being quite watery. An interesting style, however the beer lacks the body and mouthfeel that I am accustomed to in stronger beers. I do like what the collaboration is attempting to do here, however the lack of body really lets this beer down. Unfortunately Average.

North Brewing Ilkley Bonaparte Berliner Weisse

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Tiny Rebel – Clwb Tropicana IPA – 5.5%

From Tiny Rebel Brewing comes their Clwb Tropicana IPA at 5.5%. Super fresh on de-canning and the pour. Aromatics seems to be that juicy Mosaic hop presence again! featuring mango, papaya and pineapple! Did I also mention that this is super fruity? Surprisingly, there is decent head generation and head retention on this canned beer, the appearance is deep orange with a cloudy and slightly hazy touch. The aftertaste is pleasantly perfumed, yet fresh and citrusy. A low bitterness complements a moderately high carbonation. Superb!

Tiny Rebel Clwb Tropicana IPA

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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