Unfined, unfiltered and unpasteurised. Can conditioned with live yeast. Hoppiness IPA is a New World IPA, a cracker from the Moor Beer Company in Bristol. De-canning gives a citrus almost earthy spiced aroma of beer goodness. The pour is well carbonated with a deep golden appearance. Head generation is moderate. The flavour is dank, earthy and spicy with presence of Citrus pine and sweet maltiness coming through in a perfect blend. Some presence of tropical fruits like mango and orange also make an appearance. It has some characteristics that I would associate with a Barley Wine, without the dominating malty, vineous factors. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. A long bitter aftertaste finishes the beer off perfectly, as you would expect from a decent British IPA. One of my favourite British hybrid IPA styles from a brewery that is stunning, yet sometimes overlooked.
From To Øl comes Sur Cedar IPA at 6.0%. A sour mashed India Pale Ale with Citra hops. Matured with cedar chips. An excellent citra citrus aroma on de-canning. The pour is well carbonated, leaving a golden cloudy ale with a thick, foamy white cream head. I knew what to expect when I bought this ale, however, in reality the drinking experience is slightly strange and unexpected! The aroma sets you up for a big C-hop hit, expectations of the sweet malt appearing through to finish it off, however after a great mouthfeel, the sourness punches through your senses and assaults your tongue, followed by a sharp bitter aftertaste that slowly pulses on each side of your tongue. A hint of saltiness also plays through. A second whiff of the beer gives a wine like acidic aroma hint of ‘sour beer’ with the big C-hop aroma almost completely masqued. The following sips allow an element of malt sweetness to peer through, kept in check by an equal sour bitterness that balances the beer throughout. A thorough taste experience, pretty much unlike anything i’ve tasted before, however the cedar wood chip influence is completely lost on me. Very enjoyable and very well done To Øl!
From the spectacular De Molen Brewery in the Netherlands comes Amarillo Imp IPA-Ish at 9.3%. Decapping gives a big dirty resinous aroma of fruity dank hopness. Bittering hops are described as Sladek/Saaz with a massive dry hop of Amarillo. The pour is mightily impressive. Massive head retention, with a lingering 1/4″ thick white head. The beer has a deep golden appearance with a moderate sweetness and high particle presence, giving a nice cloudy appearance. Carbonation is moderate supporting a body that is thick and full, with a deep resinous hop aftertaste not too dissimilar to Sixpoint Resin. A moderate to high bitterness lingers throughout to give a wonderful hop kick bitterness /aroma combo. This takes some beating. Excellent IPA!
From the guys at Heist Craft Brewing comes First Heist, which is a session IPA at 4.8% from an ambitious craft beer and bottle shop who singlehandedly reinvigorated the beer scene in the village of Clowne in Chesterfield. This is their first beer, which is a limited edition, Session IPA featuring Simcoe, Centennial & Motueka hops. This first brew was commissioned by the RAW Brewing Company in Derbyshire.
First of all, a clean hop aroma dominates on decanning, not overly complex, however some citrus fruit presence in the nose. A mild to moderate bittering presence is perceivable, (yet short lived) in the taste with a minor sweet malt presence. Carbonation is average to high for the style, but pleasantly lends to a good body presence to this type of beer. The appearance is healthy, presenting a orange/golden glow with a hint of haze. The head generation is also surprisingly good with a good thick lingering finger width remaining throughout the life of the beer. Interestingly, as the beer warms, an orange zest aftertaste also pokes through with the bitterness to give a pleasant beer experience.
Now as far as descriptions go, a session IPA may be the only thing wrong about the beer. An American Pale Ale would suit this beer much better. The ‘session’ aspect is a bug bearer due to the volume and price, but drop the price a little and they may be onto something really good. For a first commercial attempt, this is looking quite good. Nothing is bold or overstated, perhaps a little safe, but it gets my vote.
|Brewer:||Heist Craft by RAW Brewing Company|
|Address:||Heist Craft, Mill Street, Clowne, S43 4JN
|Beer Name/Description:||First Heist – 4.8% Session IPA
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|Beer Style:||Session India Pale Ale.|
|Alcohol By Volume:||4.8%|
|Units of Alcohol:||1.58 UK Units.|
|Ingredients:||Water, Barley, Hops & Yeast.|
|Hops:||Simcoe, Centennial & Motueka.|
From Mikkeller comes I Wish, a Gluten Free IPA at 5.5%. De-capping gives a short sharp aroma of citrus hops, followed by gushing and more gushing…..(from cold) resulting in an unimpressive beer mess. The Aroma drops off to give an average malt forward ‘supermarket’ style British IPA with cloying sweetness and fruitiness. The beer has decent body, above average bitterness, sweet maltinesses. No head retention and after the gushing, the beer turns out a little bit flat. Decent-ish IPA, but from Mikkeller? I feel a little bit robbed and I would have expected a bit more. Maybe a bad batch? I wish!
From Tiny Rebel Brewing comes their Clwb Tropicana IPA at 5.5%. Super fresh on de-canning and the pour. Aromatics seems to be that juicy Mosaic hop presence again! featuring mango, papaya and pineapple! Did I also mention that this is super fruity? Surprisingly, there is decent head generation and head retention on this canned beer, the appearance is deep orange with a cloudy and slightly hazy touch. The aftertaste is pleasantly perfumed, yet fresh and citrusy. A low bitterness complements a moderately high carbonation. Superb!