Crouch Vale Apollo (4.3%)

What I have here is a rather clever bottle of beer.
Apollo is described as ‘Intensely Hoppy’, and it is.
What makes this a clever beer, and very drinkable is this.
You pour Apollo and it’s all golden and glowing with a playful ring of bubbles for a head.
It smells light and fresh and has a subtle jelly sweet thing going on.
And then you take a sip and you get a gentle wash of fudge and caramel biscuits with a good golden honey on the side.
But this beer is all about the hops.
It’s ‘Intensely Hoppy’ remember.
And this is where the cleverness comes in.
The hops are as intense as advertised, but hey’re not the harsh bitter stinging intensity you often associate with an ‘Intensely Hoppy’ beer.
This is BIG hops, but it’s fruity bubblegum, melon and clementines.
It’s all luscious and soft, but powerfully so.
Even in the finish Apollo is good and dry, but not tongue curlingly so.
This is a really fantastic beer.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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