Poppyland Brewery East Beach IPA (6.5%)

East Beach IPAI’ve just got back home from my annual week in Norfolk.
I was hoping to catch up with Martin (@cliff_bunny) at Poppyland Brewery, but time and family commitments were against me, and so I had to settle for picking up a few of his beers from the farm shop in Cromer and this one, which I’ve lightly chilled since we arrived home, but which could probably have done with a day to rest in order to allow the sediment to settle, is as super as I’d hoped it would be.
In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s a re-brew of East Coast IPA with a slightly higher ABV and a subtle change of name.
I may be wrong, but that’s what I’m reminded of.
Brewed with Maris Otter barley from just down the road at Branthill Farm, Wells Next The Sea, East Beach IPA is a reminder that when Martin isn’t wandering down his wonderful and imaginative experimental brewing byways, he can’t half make a good straightforward beer.
Pouring a deep gold, the beer smells of peanut brittle and peaches, and taking a swig you find a delicious honeyed toffee brioche from the malts.
They’re lightly toasted, golden syrup biscuits and sea salt, and they make for a superb body on top of which the hops are sharp nettles and fresh rolling tobacco, a swish of lemon juice and a spoonful of sticky orange marmalade.
And because this beer was brewed on the second of June this year, everything is fresh and pin sharp, totally in focus.
This is a simple beer, a delicious beer, a beer that I’m sitting in the garden with while I wish that I’d had the chance to catch up with its brewer.
Next time, Martin, next time, and in the interim I have a couple of your more experimental brews to look forward to.

Source: Cromer Farm Shop

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
This entry was posted in Beer Review, CAMRGB and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Poppyland Brewery East Beach IPA (6.5%)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.