Fallen Brewing Co. Grapevine (5.4%)

Fallen continue to impress with just how much flavour they cram into their little cans, and Grapevine is no exception.
It’s a New World Pale Ale that pours a peachy gold with a little creamy head and smells of honeysuckle and stone fruit and, taking a swig, you are greeted by so much hoppy fun you’d swear Grapevine’s an IPA.
There’s mango and peach, lemon bonbons and a dab of orange marmalade, but after the initial hit they’re pulled back into line by a big round chewy toffee pecan pie of a malt that’s sticky and chewy, sweet and nutty, making for a finish that’s equally brown sugar sweet and lip smackingly bitter.

Source: Ales By Mail

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The Wild Beer Co. Nebula (5%)

Nebula’s can informs the drinker that this beer is a hazy IPA with fruit aromas and needs to be drunk fresh.
And so I’m drinking it the day that it arrived after chilling it for a few hours.
And I’m not very impressed.
Sure enough, it pours a hazy, almost creamy pale gold and smells fruity and fresh, and there’s a soft oat biscuit malt, some honey and some caramel.
The beer initially feels creamy and smooth as well, while the hops provide a burst or grapefruit and mango, lime leaves and lemon zest.
All good so far.
But then something starts to happen, the beer that started off feeling creamy begins to feel clammy and chalky and those fresh flavours drift off far too quickly, leaving a finish that tastes watery and thin.
Not one of Wild’s best.

Source: EeBria

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Torrside Brewing Centennial Imperial Porter (9.5%)

Part of Torrside’s Monsters series of strong beer, their Imperial Porter brewed with Centennial hops is superb.
It pours an inky black with a little cappuccino head and smells of coffee and molasses.
There’s an amazing malt body that is thick and chewy with treacle tart, toffee ice cream, honey, brown sugar syrup and toasted brown bread.
It’s round and gloopy and sweet and tempered by a pithy hazel leaf, woody rolling tobacco and lemon zest sharpness from the hops.
It adds some much needed brightness to the chocolate digestive biscuit and sherry trifle boozy sweetness of the finish.
I’d like to eat this with a spoon.

Source: Ales By Mail

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Mad Hatter Brewing Co. A Night Out (6.7%)

There are a few people in the world of beer that get me really excited in the same way that certain bands, record labels and artists have got me excited.
They are, for want of a better descriptor, the outsiders of the scene that they work in.
Mad Hatter are, for me, one of the best of beer’s outsiders, making really interesting beer that is both drinkable and challenging, fun and inventive.
And my old mate Rob from Blackjack Brewery is another of those mavericks.
So to try a beer that is a collaboration between the two is very exciting.
And it doesn’t disappoint.
A Night Out is an IPA brewed with mango, papaya and chilli, and it is as fruity and frisky as you’d imagine.
The beer pours a hazy gold and smells of fruit salad and red peppercorns, warm and sweet and inviting.
Once you dive in you find a round and chewy toasted oat and caramel malt that creates a warm biscuity body, and a bang of fresh herbal leaves, grapefruit zest and lemon curd from the hops.
The mango and papaya give the beer a fleshy fruitiness that’s fresh and sweet, while the chilli is subtle, building an earthy paprika heat that grows as you drink, crackling on your tongue as you head towards the fruity finish.
I’d love for both Mad Hatter and Blackjack to become massive, but while they quietly keep on keeping on, I’m happy to feel like they’re still my own little secret.

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Brouwerij Kees Double Shot Espresso Stout (11%)

There’s a lot of coffee in this little bottle of high octane beery magic.
A lot of coffee.
It’s woody and toasty, fruity and almost smoky.
But what it isn’t is overpowering.
Because our man at Kees has managed to tame the coffee, to balance it beautifully with sweet treacle tart, toasted brown bread, honey smothered pancakes and molasses from the malts and a much needed sharp snap of bitter and pithily dry hazel leaves and hedgerow, dandelion, aniseed and orange marmalade from the hops.
But with all that said, you can still feel the coffee pushed along by a hefty rum booze hit, prickling your synapses into life and making you feel awake while you get gradually more tipsy.

Source: Ales By Mail

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