BrewDog New England IPA (6.8%)

This beer is all about Cloudwater.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say it feels and tastes more like Cloudwater rented out BrewDog’s brewery than a collaboration.
And that’s a good thing.
While this isn’t a patch on Cloudwater’s DIPA series, or indeed any of their own IPA’s, it’s the best IPA to come out of BrewDog for some time.
Pouring a thick and cloudy gold with a big fluffy head the smell is a bouquet of honeysuckle, passion flower and peach.
The body of the beer is smooth and creamy thanks to the addition of lots of oats, and the malting provides a vanilla pancake, honey and shortbread backbone over which the hops hit you with passion fruit and mango, lime leaves, lemon zest and a sweet glob of orange marmalade.
All in all pretty good.
Cloudwater don’t half make good beer.

Source: BrewDog Leicester

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Brew By Numbers 01|26 (5.5%)

Now this, this is an absolute delight.
A Saison brewed with smoked wheat and Fuggles, it’s warm and round and satisfying.
The smoking is light, drifting up at you as you pour, along with honey and apricot jam, the beer sitting a bright gold in your glass.
The body of the beer is smooth and creamy, and there’s a good caramel and runny honey sweet stickiness that pairs well with the earthy bite of the yeast.
The Fuggles give you what Fuggles give you, a hint of aniseed and a hefty whack of country lane hedgerow pithiness, dry and bitter, and this works beautifully with the smokiness that rises in the toasted cereal finish.
Lovely stuff.

Source: EeBria

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Vibrant Forest Brewery Bourbon October (9%)

I had two bottles of this, and one of them was rather flat, which is a shame as with a little fizz this is a superb beer.
Aged in Bourbon barrels, this is an Imperial Stout with lots of character.
It pours an inky black and smells of rum and raisin chocolate and boozy prunes.
The malting is thick and deep, full of treacle tart, almonds and honey, burned wholemeal toast and black coffee, and there’s a good crunchy autumnal leaf litter hopping.
It’s crunchy and dry and tempered by a squidgy orange marmalade.
The barrel ageing adds a damp woodiness, lots of alcohol heat and a little fungal meatiness at the edges.
A superb beer, at least in one of the bottles.

Source: Imperial Beer Club

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Partizan Brewery Double Citra IPA (8.2%)

This is a big fat fruity joy.
It’s exactly what it tells you it is.
It’s pale gold with a little frothy head.
It smells of lemon and mandarin jelly and a hint of cheese.
It has a malting that is rich and round with caramel and honey, wafers and cupcakes.
Its hops come at you with citrus razors and slash away at you, blades of lemongrass and broken sharpened lemon bonbons push into your cheeks while steely bitter garden herbs dry your palate and leave you puckering.
Partizan should in fact call this beer Big Fat Fruity Joy and let me draw the label for it, hint hint.

Source: Imperial Beer Club

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Torrside Brewing I’m Spartacus (6.8%)

I love the humour of this beer, calling it an “Inevitable American IPA” just adds to the comedy of the Spartacus name.
What’s more, it’s a damned fine example of its style, pouring a pale gold with a little frothy head, its aroma is fruit jelly and hibiscus.
And Spartacus has a good body as well, it’s firm and round and packed with toffee and honey and brioche, creating a super base over which the hops slap and tickle with life.
You find sherbet lemons and lime leaves, papaya, peach and mango, steely dry herbal leaves, nettle tea and a dab of orange marmalade.
In a nutshell, I’m Spartacus isn’t just another Inevitable American IPA, it’s a damned fine one.

Source: Imperial Beer Club

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