Hopshackle were one of the first breweries I interviewed for CAMRGB and they hold a dear place in my heart.
So finding Double Momentum in my mixed case from The Beer Hawk this month was a nice surprise and drinking it reminds me why I like the brewery so much.
Hopshackle specialise in brewing from historic recipes, this one being an IPA from the 18th Century.
Pouring a rich amber with a big frothy cloud for a head, the smell is bees wax coated toffee apples, and from the first sip you realise that this is a BIG beer.
There’s a hefty alcohol warmth that amplifies the rich toffee, peanut and red berries of the malts.
You get a helping of crumbly toasted wholemeal biscuits too, and this underpins the orange marmalade and nettle stings of the hops.
They’re resinous and sharp, packed with tea, a little aniseed, vanilla and hazel, and all this leads you to a deliciously bitter, dryness that lasts and lasts.
I just wish I could get hold of Hopshackle beer more often.
Source: The Beer Hawk