From Brouwerij Huyghe comes the classic Delirium Red at 8.0%. Decapping gives a super fruity burst aroma of berry and cherry! the taste follows by a slightly sour sweet taste of cherry. Carbonation is soft and bubbly with an excellent mouthfeel, head retention is poor, with a little white skin on top. Initially I wasn’t too sure about this, however as a one off, it was interestingly different and pleasant.
From the Trappist brewery of Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus comes Westvleteren Blond at 5.8% What an interesting ale. Decapping gives a superb fragrant belgian hoppy aroma with fruity yeasty undertones, almost a bit fusty and dank. The pour gives a fluffy white heady froth with brown hints and great retention which is very thick and inviting. The appearance is straw blonde with better than average carbonation with a particle sediment snow globe effect. The beer is full bodied with a sweet tone about it and a good belgian hop presence which is not overwhelming. The most interesting aspect to this beer is the yeasty aftertaste. A subtle bitterness compliments a pith and dank citrus presence with elements of spice and pepper. This later lends to the aroma of the beer as it warms. Overall quite spectacular!
From the Beavertown Brewery comes a new core IPA called Lupuloid IPA at 6.7%. De-canning gives a blast of an aromatic citrusy floral aroma. The pour generates a good head with nice retention and white froth. The appearance is a straw like pale. The taste has an almost sweet citrus presence with little in the way of malt coming through. A very clean and refined brew with an average bitter aftertaste for an IPA. The mouthfeel is full and gratifying with an above average carbonation. An excellent go-to british IPA with an American influence. Another excellent Beavertown brew!
From the Sixpoint Brewery in the U.S comes Resin at 9.1%. Popping the cap on the can gives a dancing aroma of intense citrus and sweets. So sweet! you can almost see the resinous hop particles trailing from the can. Amazing. On the pour the hop aroma literally gushes and rolls out to assault the senses with intense citrus and boiled orange sweet aromatics. The appearance is malty amber with an average carbonation profile, head generates from decent to nothing. The body is thick caramel and quite engulfing, the taste is really quite sweet like golden syrup and then slowly drops away to a strong building bitterness. An end of the night, end of the world beer. This ale completely obliterates your taste palate for hours. Absolutely and wonderfully amazing.
From the Howling Hops Brewery comes Running Beer Brown Ale at 4.0%. De-capping the bottle gives an aroma not too dissimilar to a black IPA, but with more toffee notes. Good presence of citrus orange aroma and malty goodness. The head foams and quickly disperses before the eyes. Carbonation is slightly above average and the body of the beer is nothing spectacular for a brown ale. The beer finish ends up being slightly tart and lacks the sweetness to carry it through. Nice idea, but it doesn’t quite work for me.
From the Cloudwater Brewery comes Cloudwater DIPA V7 Special Edition at 9.0%. Decapping gives a floral fragrance with a touch of smoke and a not too overpowering hop citrus aroma. Carbonation is about perfect. Head generation and retention is spot on! The pour is a slight hint of cloudiness and hazy blonde. The taste is tropical and sherbet, a real dance on the tastebuds. Moderate to high bitterness complements a fairly sweet malty presence and emphasises how spectacularly amazing this DIPA is. Clean, yet fruity and fragrant with sweet influences and bags of character and body. The alcohol permeates through slightly on the aftertaste, but this is absolutely wonderful stuff. A world apart from the DIPA 6, but still jaw dropping. Sourced from the Maisondubiere beer shop in Barnsley.