Iolani Red (4.5%)

RedPouring a rather inviting chestnut red, I was disappointed with the lack of a head to this beer, but the smell of red berries, red wood and red toffee (not actually red toffee at all, just toffee, but it makes for a nice bit of writing).
The malting is a thick and chewy toffee from your dad’s driving coat pocket, flecked with Ready Rub and a hint of WD40, it’s rich and sticky and wholly comforting.
There’s some well worn leather too, though I can’t tell you which article from your dad’s toolbox it might remind you of.
Over this there’s a light and lemony hopping that’s floral and dry, though not quite as big and shouty as I’d like it to be.
All in all, Iolani Red is a pretty good, if not quite brilliant Best Bitter.

Source: Best Of British Beer

About Simon Williams

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