Bunker Brew Co

Huddersfield

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Magic Rock Brewing – Fantasma Gluten Free IPA – 6.5%

From Magic Rock Brewing comes Fantasma Gluten Free IPA at 6.5%. Probably as close as I will ever get to a gluten free beer. A positive point is that it’s from Magic Rock Brewing. Decanning gives wonderful aromas of fruity mango tropical goodness. The pour is golden amber and cloudy simultaneously. A small bubbly white head is generated without dissipating. The ale is hopped heavily with Magnum and Citra, although the bittering influence is relatively minor and allows the wonderful hops to shine through. The yeasty aftertaste is also quite enjoyable (a little bit fruity and chalky). Overall, Full bodied with hop happy fruity sweet goodness. A kind of refreshing boiled sweets brew, but absolutely amazing and I Loved it. WLP001 Seems to be the yeast to use! One of my favourite brews to date, whilst also gluten free.

Magic Rock Brewing Fantasma Gluten Free IPA

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Magic Rock Brewing – Psychokinesis IPA – 6.5%

From the guys at Magic Rock Brewing comes Psychokinesis IPA at 6.5%. De-canning gives subtle aromas of bitter blood orange, mango, papaya and a hint of coconut. Superb! The appearance is light amber and slightly hazed, i’m guessing just a simple malt bill was used. The beer itself is full bodied, decently carbonated, yet ultra smooth and light with a nice thick mouthfeel and texture. The taste is fruity, peachy with a tone of malt backbone to complement the tropical fruitiness. This finishes with a note of spice, one which i would associate with the wonderful Mosaic hop breed. The beer is hardly bitter, perhaps taking some influence from the yeast which i found slightly chalky, but superb. Nice to see some experimental hops thrown in! this one being HBC438. This series of beers is absolutely great.

Magic Rock Brewing Psychokinesis IPA

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Magic Rock Brewing – Human Cannonball Double IPA – 9.2%

From the inspired Magic Rock Brewing  in Huddersfield, Yorkshire comes Human Cannonball double IPA at 9.2%. Returning with rose tinted glasses to that IPA beer style that initially changed my perspective on what ale was, and could potentially be, was a completely welcome, albeit prolonged journey. This beer saw me waiting and anticipating three long years for just a taste, and as renowned as it was, it was equally as elusive. This beer is infamous for selling out within an hour or two of being released and is synonymous with the term ‘Rocking Horse S**t’. Magic Rock Brewing also brews Cannonball IPA, which is hands down my all time favourite all round special IPA, binding resinous amounts of citrus, mango and lemon with a mouth puckering bitterness and a fresh juicy hop finish that simply exudes decadence and complete indulgence at every level.

Human Cannonball is my ultimate trophy beer conquest, apologies, my ultimate conquest and now I have two cans. This was no easy feat. At 09:00 on Monday 11th April 2016, after two minutes of being released online, the Magic Rock company website crashed and became inoperable for a great length of time, suffice to say, when it came back online, the beloved stock was gone. All of it. Fortunately at 09:00:13, I submitted my order (together with 10 cans of Cannonball IPA) and waited eagerly for that confirmation e-mail. The rest is great beery history.

Opening the can gives an is creamy, heady aroma of resinous grapefruit citrus and hops, literally Cannonball on crack. Aroma you can literally chew. The aroma is synonymous with the fantastic hop combination that only Magic Rock can conceive, drawing back memories of walking into their tap room.

Carbonation is moderate and precise to the beer style. The colour is a milky amber orange and golden appearance with hints of green in the light, this beer also has an interesting snow globe particle effect, I’m guessing from the high ABV and hop presence. The taste is grapefruit, bitter pith, orange, pine and mango with a heady malt and an alcohol presence that simply wins hide and seek every time. A slight warm aftertaste ensues and a moderate lingering bitterness emerges that slowly dulls the senses in a pleasant yet smothering way.

Mouthfeel is resinous, creamy and exaggerated. Head retention is minor and a complete afterthought as the resinous hops simply do not allow for anything else to talk about in this beer. This beer is so flavoursome and overwhelming I cannot compare it to anything tasted previously. (E.G: Burping gives an aroma of a magnificent west coast style ipa aroma) like your stomach has just been dry hopped for 7 days. This gives you a hint or idea of the stupendous amount of hops used in this beast of an beer. Nothing comes close to this beer in aroma, texture or taste. Pure Hop crack & my best beer ever. (so far)

Magic Rock Human Cannonball

Magic Rock Human Cannonball

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Mallinsons Brew Co. – Cascade – 4.1%

From The Mallinsons Brewing Company. in Huddersfield, Yorkshire comes ‘Cascade’ at 4.1% A single hopped Cascade ale. ‘floral citrusy bitterness’. Another of Mallinson’s single hopped range. A mildly bitter pale ale with surprising carbonation for the style. A faint floral aroma, together with the mild bitterness and inoffensive malt presence makes an ideal session beer for anyone. Not outstanding or generously hopped, but a real pleasure to drink.

Mallinsons Cascade

Mallinsons Cascade

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Mallinsons Brew Co. – The Amazonian IPA – 5.3%

From Mallinsons Brew Co comes The Amazonian – 5.3%. A powerful hoppy IPA.  Another amazing Brewery from Huddersfield. A amber/blonde with a strong hop aroma. A full bodied taste and a powerful hop hit. A great blast of unexpected citrus floral aroma on decapping. Perhaps a bit lively in carbonic acid department, the head was impressive, growing exponentially and remaining throughout. A nice tidy lingering bitterness with a small but pleasant crystal malt influence. Great!

The Amazonian IPA

Mallinsons -The Amazonian IPA