Northern Monk Brew Co. Honour (10.5%)

Honour is a Triple West Coast IPA.
A beer as big as you can imagine.
It’s a beer with a big round chewy caramel and shortcake and those glazed lemon puff biscuits.
And that big chewy malt body is drenched in booze.
It’s also a beer with a massive hit of pine coated lemon sherbet and lime leaf, mango and mandarin hops.
And that massive hop hit is drenched in booze.
In fact every part of this beer is drenched in booze.
It’s a white rum boozy hit and it pushes everything else into a whirling 3D world of fun.
It also makes you a little bit tipsy.
Did I say a little?
I mean a lot.

Source: EeBria

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Turning Point Brewing Co. Dreamcatcher (10%)

I opened and poured Dreamcatcher, an Imperial Stout aged for a year in Bourbon and Marsala Barrels and then blended, and life became better and far more interesting.
This is a deep rich and rewarding beer, a beer that has multiple layers to discover, a beer you probably need to drink more than once to get to the bottom of.
There’s brandy and walnuts, Madeira cake, vanilla ice cream, damsons and dates, fig rolls, Merlot tannins, fresh cherry flesh, damp fungal oak, bitter chocolate, freshly pressed espresso and lots and lots of bitter green herbal leaves.
It’s one of the most rewarding beers I’ve drunk in a very long time and I enjoyed it while listening to Gastr Del Sol’s remarkable “Upgrade & Afterlife”, and LP I have been rediscovering and finding hidden depths to with each and every listen for the past twenty years or so.
In a word, superb.

Source: Turning Point

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Four From Cassels & Sons Brewing Co.

Cassels & Sons Brewing are based in Christchurch, New Zealand and have been brewing since 2008, steadily growing the business and having to start again after the terrible earthquakes that the country suffered a few years ago.
The brewery has now expanded to a bar and café and its building, a beautiful old Tannery, now boasts a range of businesses and is becoming a focal point for visitors to the area.
This is the first time I’ve been able to try their beer and, other than one bottle (as you’ll see), I like them enough to really want to try some more.

India Pale Ale (6%)
This single hop beer showcases New Zealand’s Taiheke Hop, and what a lovely Hop it is.
Managing to mix the gooseberry skins, green grapes, lime zest and orange marmalade of the best Antipodean hop strains with a healthy helping of the aniseed and herbal hedgerow, camomile and nettles of some much loved traditional hop varieties, the beer is underpinned by a big round chewy toffee biscuit and honey brioche malt body that adds lots of gooey sweetness just before the finish comes on fiercely bitter, dry and steely, leaving you with a great big smile through puckered lips.

Sauvalanche (8.2%)
I wish that I had a barrel of this to bathe in.
A bath tub full that I could drink my way out of.
Because the Sauvin hops in this beer are absolutely majestic.
Sure there’s a warm brandy snap and waffle malt that’s rich and gooey and pushed along by a hefty boozy heat, but the hops in here are extraordinary.
Massive waves of mushed up gooseberries, plantain, lemon sherbet, tobacco leaves and lime zest, satsuma jelly and redwood resin glues itself to the inside of your head and refuses to leave.
I for one would be happy for Sauvalanche to stay forever, though I might regret it when I finally sober up.

Milk Stout (5.2%)
Cassels’ Milk Stout has been brewed with a non-fermentable lactose sugar that makes the beer feel extra creamy and taste like nothing less than a great big bowl of chocolate ice cream, with its malts adding coffee and chocolate, pecan pie, maple syrup and honey coated waffles.
It’s a great big dessert of a beer that is given a little pithy edge by the dry as a bone herbal hedgerow hops that add nettles and melon, lemon zest and mown lawns.
The finish is round and smooth and delightfully thick.
Super stuff.

Double Cream Milk Stout (8.1%)
This ought to be twice the beer that Castels’ Milk Stout is, and it’s a god beer, but it suffers from its alcohol feeling far too harsh and boozy, cutting through the creamy milk vanilla body of the beer like a floor detergent the morning after a pub crawl.
Sure there’s vanilla ice cream and Victoria sponge, coffee and waffles, doughnuts and toffee, but the booze that begins as a rum and raisin sweetness becomes harsh and hot and, eventually, quite unpleasant.



Source: Beers Of Europe

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Kaiju Beer: From A Land Down Under

Hopped Out Red (6.5%) Black cherries, molasses and tamarind, and that’s just the first sip.
Hopped Out Red is an enormous Red Ale that masterfully mixes the sweet gloopy sexiness of a malt forward beer with the lip slashing, tongue withering bitterness of an all out Pale Ale Hop assault.
The beer pours a deep conker red with a little foamy head and smells of toffee apples and brandy butter, sweet and sticky, rich and boozy.
The malts are big and round and chewy, all flapjack stickiness, brown sugar gloop and earthy rye bread, while the hops whip the last vestiges of moisture from your face with blasts of lemon zest and curry leaves, cherry stones, satsuma peel and lime zest.
This is a Red Ale and then some.

Cthulhu On The Moon (6.5%) is a Black IPA, a decent Black IPA, but nothing more than a decent Black IPA.
There’s nothing earth shattering here, nothing to make you prostrate yourself before the eater of worlds.
Pouring an inky black with a big fat creamy cappuccino head, the aroma is India rubber, prunes and petroleum.
The malting is all burned wholemeal toast, toffee and window putty and the hops are a sharp smack of orange marmalade dusted with sherbet lemons.
And that’s your lot.
It’s a decent enough beer, but not enough to bring Hagbard Celine and his Legion of Dynamic Dischord to the surface, desperate to save us from Cthulhu’s wrath.

Metamorphosis (6.7%) is Kaiju’s IPA, and it’s a hop monster that’ll have your eyes rolling and your tongue curling.
Jumping from its can a rich amber with a little fluffy cloud for a head, the smell is heavy with pine and peaches, and on entering you find a big chewy caramel bagel, honey shortcake malt body edged with a little salt, like the rim of a cocktail glass.
The cocktail here is the mix of hops.
We’re not told which varieties, we’re just left to be trampled into submission by the super fresh lime zest and mandarin, pineapple chunks, lemon sherbet, steely basil leaves and redwood resin attack that left me at least, panting and ready for the next mouthful.

Source: Beers Of Europe

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Turning Point Brew Co. Swervedriver (6%)

What a big bold can of joy this is.
Neon bright, noisy and boisterous, it’s super fresh and lip puckeringly bitter.
It’s been named after Swervedriver, a brilliantly bright, noisy and boisterous band that I remember from my twenties and who have recently reformed and released what I am told is a great new album.
This isn’t an officially brewed beer, just named this way as Cameron and the Turning Point gang are fans.
Anyhow, the beer pours a peachy gold and smells of apricots and mangos and, taking a mouthful you find a delightfully soft and subtle fresh doughnut, waffle and honey malting before the big blast of Centennial, Amarillo and Mosaic hops turn you on with masses of zingy lime zest and richly woody tobacco leaves, fizzy lemon sherbet, sticky orange marmalade and steely dry herbal greenery.
When he sent me this beer, Cameron asked me to pair it with some music and I’ve decided not to go the Swervedriver route as that would be far too obvious.
Instead I’m drinking this while listening to the brain meltingly joyful noise of my old mates Stretchheads’ 1991 classic LP, “Pish In Your Sleazebag.”

Source: Turning Point


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