Verdant Brewing Co. Even Sharks Need Water (6.5%)

This can of murky, cloudy beer was canned one week ago.
It’s about as fresh as you could hope to get without drinking directly from the fermenter.
And boy can you tell.
This beer simply sings its goodness at you as you drink.
Firstly there’s the fruity fizzbomb aroma, fizzy and fruity with a lemon curd base.
Then there’s the malting that’s all freshly baked white bread, honey covered pancakes and lightly salted shortbread that, coupled with the oats and the London Ale yeast makes the beer feel round and smooth and immensely chewy.
On top of all this there’s a massive hit of Citra, Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin hops that mix lemon zest with lime leaves, green grape skins and gooseberries, mango, peach and rhubarb and custard sweets, and lots and lots of honeydew melon.
All of which makes for a superb beer warmed through with a little white rum alcohol that ends in a big fruit salad smile of a finish.

Source: Verdant Brewing Co.

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Duration Brewing Co. Ebb & Flow (6.5%)

Duration’s American Stout is really very good indeed.
Packed with coffee and treacle tart, honey soaked brioche and rye bread, chocolate ice cream and waffles from the malting, the beer feels warm and inviting, round and chewy and just a little bit sexy.
Then there’s a great big pine resin coated, tobacco leaf, lime zest, mandarin zest and grapefruit pith hopping that brings a dazzlingly sharp brightness to the beer.
Verging on the Black IPA, Ebb & Flow just stays on the side of Stout with its boozy round sweet toffee finish.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Alefarm Brewing Big Old Bamse (8%)

A Bamse is a Teddy Bear.
I only know this because there’s a chocolate coated fudge sweet that I used to love when I was in Norway that was called Bamse.
Alefarm are Danish, but Bamse means the same pretty much throughout Scandinavia.
The thing is, as good a Double IPA as this is, Big Old Teddy Bear is not the right name, as it conjours up thoughts of something big and round and cuddly, not sharp and bitter and lip curling.
It’d be a fabulous name for a deep rich Imperial Stout, but instead this is a brilliant Double IPA.
There’s a soft caramel. brioche and honey malt, sticky and brown sugar sweet, it creates a super body over which the hops are stingingly bitter and dry, with lemon curd and lime zest, mown lawns and steely herbal leaves, all of which is pushed along by a big white rum booziness.
If this is a teddy bear then it’s a teddy bear with razor sharp claws.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Yeastie Boys Solar Wind (6.1%)

Brewed in collaboration with Vocation Brewery, Solar Wind is a one heck of a Brut IPA.
Dry as a bone, crisp and clean, the beer pours a bright clean straw gold with a fluffy little head and smells of white rum and apricots.
The malts are soft and subtle, the mix of Pilsner malt, flaked maize and rice giving the beer a caramel coated salted popcorn and tortilla body, ultra light and smooth but good and sweet and salty.
The hops are all freshly grated lime zest, lemon sherbet, basil, tarragon and redwood resin that leads you into the long dry and puckeringly bitter finish.

Source: EeBria

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Burning Sky Robust Porter (5.8%)

Now this, dear reader, this is very good indeed.
Pouring an inky black with an aroma stuffed full of toffee and coffee and plum compote, Burning Sky’s Robust Porter is an absolute delight.
There’s a deep rich malt body that’s crammed full of treacle tart and Liquorice Allsorts, espresso, bitter chocolate powder, molasses and doughnuts.
It’s round and chewy, dry as a bone and endlessly satisfying.
Then there’s a little splash of colour from the bergamot, hazel leaf and nettle tea of the hops, a hint of black cherry and some soft succulent raisins as you head into the black hole of the finish where everything swims around you penetrating your very being with its Beery goodness.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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