Based in Flookburgh, Cumbria, this is a new brewery to me, but judging by this little IPA I look forward to trying some more.
Pouring a pale gold with a nice frothy head, the smell is lime marmalade and honey.
Taking a swig you find lots of hoppy goodness, but where so many modern IPAs go for a tropical fruit punch, Tinderbox is more interested in dry and bitter brittle greenery, all pithy leaves and sapling wood.
There’s some lemon zest, lime and grapefruit at the edges, but it’s just an aside to the lovely metallic herbal tang.
And underneath this lies a solid malt body full of caramel and honey, ice cream cones and pancakes that adds a much needed sugary kiss to the edges of the steely bitter finish.
Very good indeed.