- ABV: 7%, Style: Double American IPA
- Brewed in Ilkley, UK
- Best before December 2013
- Served: 500ml bottle poured into an Abstrakt snifter
- £5.25 from Beer Moth, Manchester
I wanted to try this beer a lot so I overlooked the frankly astonishing price. At that rate, I want it hand delivered to me in a golden chalice - a tulip shaped chalice obviously. For American readers to understand my horror, this would be a $34.80 six-pack.
The reason I wanted to try it was because I’d had it cask a few months back and it was horrible. Nice and hoppy, but when it’s that strong and that flat, it just tasted like a nice American IPA that I’d left out on the table for 2 days. I therefore hope that this bottle will taste like a good, zingy, cold American IPA in the bottle.
The label explains that this beer is brewed with Californian Yeast and lists the hops as Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Magnum. It is also a hand bottled in a batch of 300. That must have been a long day in the brewery.
Look: Attractive, golden coloured beer with a slight haze. Minimal white head, although it did start to froth slightly in the bottle, so I guess it could probably do with another month to even out the carbonation. Oh well, too late for that.
Aroma: More Belgian than American. A few sweet and sour notes. Caramel sweetness, tart fruit, maybe a bit of pine, hint of lemongrass.
Taste: Considering the style, there’s an unexpected sourness at the start - far more farmyard than I’d expect in a DIPA. The hops and the caramel malt gradually iron this out and then some fruity yeast comes through. There’s a bitter lemon residue at the end of the finish but generally it reminds me more of burned caramel.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation. Quite light as you’re drinking it but a little sticky at the end. Even though I cautiously poured two glasses, the first, clearer beer still has a lot of yeasty chalk feel to it.
Overall: Sadly, the bottled beer doesn’t seem to be as good as the cask beer. I don’t remember any of sourness or chalkiness I’m getting from the bottled version, regardless of fizz or temperature. Not a beer I’ll be trying again or recommending unfortunately./5
- 10th June 2013, Sustainable Alcoholic