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The Kernel – Vic Secret & Mosaic Pale Ale – 5.3%

From The Kernel Brewery in London comes Vic Secret & Mosaic Pale Ale at 5.3%.  De-capping releases rich aromas of tangerine and orange mingled in with a hint of spice and lemon citrus. Surprisingly,  quite wonderfully aromatic and floral. The appearance is deep amber and slightly clouded. The body of this beer is juicy and full for the low ABV with a great mouthfeel. A fruity bittering hop presence comes through towards the end and lingers to finish off the beer well. The beer has an average to high carbonation for the style. A very refreshing American Pale Ale style and yet another top beer from The Kernel. Recommended!

The Kernel Brewery Vic Secret Mosaic Pale Ale

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Cloudwater – IPA Ekuanot – 6.5%

From The Cloudwater Brewery in Manchester comes a Ekuanot hopped IPA at 6.5%. The initial Pour is hazed orange, cloudy to the extreme. Strong pungent aromas emerge profiling orange, melon and that of peach stone fruit​. An average carbonation is present for the IPA style with a thin foamy white head that remains.  A smooth body features that hides the ABV quite well. Interestingly, a distinctive double bitterness features in this beer: fruity hoppy bitterness contrasts nicely with a chalky yeast bitterness from the WLP001 yeast strain. This IPA is certainly reminiscent of a New England IPA style. The beer texture is not too dissimilar to super hopped bucks fizz without the massive carbonation. The relatively strong ABV starts to emerge in the aftertaste with a little heat coming through. Overall, huge citrus flavours of tangerine, orange and a hint of dank spice come through from the presence of the Simcoe hops. A marvelous beer that sings a song of ‘Yin Yang’ bitter sweet. An interesting hop variety that I’ve never heard of or tried before. Superb stuff!

Cloudwater IPA Ekuanot

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Cloudwater – DIPA V7 SPECIAL EDITION – 9.0%

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.

Cloudwater DIPA V7

Cloudwater DIPA V7

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Cloudwater – DIPA V6 Special Edition – 9.0%

From the Cloudwater Brewery comes DIPA V6 Special Edition at 9.0%. Decapping gives a monstrous rush of aroma hops, little initial carbonation on the pour generates a superb stable frothy head. Dry hopping features a great deal. The pour is clear and amber. Aroma is resinous aroma hops, bursting with intense citrus fruity goodness. The taste is full bodied, with the alcohol well hidden beneath the bitter and semi malty backbone. To be honest the malt flavour is kind of hidden hidden too. The base allows you to concentrate on the hop aroma and flavour. Bittering turns out to be pretty mild and I was hoping for something a little less dull. It is a very good DIPA, clinical precision even, just lacking that flair of character like some naughty yeast flavour or something. Sourced from the Maisondubiere beer shop in Barnsley.

Cloudwater DIPA V6

Cloudwater DIPA V6

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Vocation Brewery – Smash & Grab – DIPA – 8.5%

From the Vocation Brewery comes Smash & GrabDIPA at 8.5%. De-capping is hardly aromatic with a slight odd sulphur presence. The pour is deep amber with next to no head retention. As the pour settles, the beer comes literally comes alive and works seamlessly in synchronicity with the malt. Hop aromas unlock, develop and grow before your nose. From the taste of it, i’d say the crystal malt profile activates the beer. the sweetness of the malt with the resinous hop presence works in unison with the deep resinous pine and citrus flavour. This stuff is amazing. Malt & hops, hops & malts. perfect. Carbonation is compact and mild but works seamlessly with the brew. Overall Superb. Sourced from the Maisondubiere beer shop in Barnsley.

vocation smash and grab double ipa

Vocation Brewery -Smash and Grab Double IPA

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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.

Butcombe Brewery 31 Hop IPA

Butcombe Brewery 31 Hop IPA