To return to what I said about BrewDog in my last article, when they stop dicking about with marketing and just make beer, some of it ain’t half bad.
Take the latest instalment in the Hammer Series, Rye Hammer is a super little IPA that’ll pucker your face in the most pleasurable way.
It pours a pale gold and smells of lime marmalade.
The difference between this and Jack Hammer is subtle, and if I’m honest I was expecting a far bigger rye presence, but there’s just enough there to add a warm earthiness to the body of the beer.
The hops are big and bright and bold, super dry and pithy, with lemon bonbons and fizzy sherbet, lime and lychee, and there’s a nice and very welcome jammy sweetness that gives from relief from the dry bitter finish.