St. Austell – Proper Black IPA – 6.0%
From the St. Austell brewery in Cornwall comes Proper Black. A powerfully hopped IPA. Upon decapping you are greeted with a fresh blast of grapefruit citrus aroma, suddenly reinforced by a coffee chocolate aftersnifter. Strong and Hop bitter to the taste with a great creamy head that slows dissipates to a silky smooth film after a few minutes. The taste develops into roasty burnt malty goodness that confuses the senses with each mouthful. The citrus hop aroma comes alive and dies with each sip. Carbonation is moderate and towards the end of the beer, it evolves into a hybrid porter/stout. A great balance between hop aroma and roasted malts. Another cracking beer from Cornwall!