This is a BIG beer.
An over-the-top beer.
An almost unpleasantly-too-much beer.
But not quite.
Down The Rabbit Hole manages to remain just on the side of brilliant in that grey area between genius and madness.
Pouring a rich ruby red, the smell is alcoholic strawberries and plums, and there’s a super billowing cloud of a head.
There are six different hops in here, all doing their thing – Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo, Mosaic and Simcoe – They bully your tongue into submission, breaking your will, making you suck in your cheeks as your lips wither with boozy sweeties, battery acid, tropical fruit and orange marmalade.
And then there’s an almost sickly toffee and patchouli oil malting that sticks to your teeth with honey richness and highlights the bitter pine resinous oiliness of the hoppy overload.
Down The Rabbit Hole is a terrific beer that’s a step away from overkill and I like it very much indeed.
Source: Cotteridge Wines