Saltaire – XS Imperial IPA – 9.5%
From The Saltaire Brewery comes XS Imperial IPA at 9.5%. De-capping gives bags of thick sweet malty resinous citrus, with a dank cloying attack on the senses. Appearance is a deep amber. The malty base is smooth and thick with the alcohol being very well hidden. A deep underlying bitterness reinforces the sweet thick citrus presence. Surprisingly, there is poor head generation and retention. A magnificent English double/imperial IPA interpretation. Well done. ABV creeps through towards the end of the ale!