Tap Room Brewing Co. (Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference) IPA (6.3%)

I hadn’t read anywhere that this was coming and so I was a little surprised seeing it in my local Sainsbury’s.
The label looks good and the notes on the back say all the right things but this beer isn’t great.
Yes it’s a decent colour, a nice amber with a ring of bubbles for a head, but there’s something odd about the aroma.
There’s a distinct lack of the smells you’d expect from an American beer of this style with this kind of ABV.
Where there should be a big punchy smell there’s just a light whiff of something that might be caramel and a slight citrus edge.
You get a decent toffee and pine resin in the malts, and a pretty good peppery tingle on your tongue.
But when the hops come in, as well as dryness, lemon and lime bitterness and a pretty OK wood pulp sappiness, there’s a background flavour that I find rather unpleasant.
It’s a little like a chemical burn, something not natural, not right, and it leaves a weird creamines on your tongue instead of the long dry finish you’d want.
I won’t be buying this again.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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4 Responses to Tap Room Brewing Co. (Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference) IPA (6.3%)

  1. Phil Evans says:

    Oh, that’s a shame. I have a bottle of the IPA and the Pale Ale in my fridge that I was looking forward to trying. Have you got the Pale Ale lined up to try?

  2. Neil says:

    Tried the pale ale yesterday. It was OK but not outstanding. IPA still in my fridge. Have tried a few of the Taste The Difference beers in the past and they’ve always been something of a disappointment.

  3. FergusMcIver says:

    I had this too and was instantly disappointed. I hope someone interested in ‘tasting the difference’ between mass-market beers and craft beers doesn’t try this first as they may be let down by it. Bandwagon fail!

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