Brewed in collaboration with Fuller’s former Head Brewer, John Keeling, this is a rather good and very drinkable IPA.
It isn’t really, as the can states, a New England IPA, in that Westerham’s house yeast has been used which, though providing a nice little spicy background buzz, doesn’t give the beer any of that earthy fruitiness of, say, NEIPAs using a Vermont strain.
The hopping is bright and fresh and fruity, but far from dank, with lots of woody tobacco, green herbal foliage and fizzy sherbet lemons and the malting is all brown sugar, vanilla wafers and honeycomb.
And with a finish that’s sharp and clean, I could happily spend an evening drinking this IPA, but for me it’s not strictly a NEIPA.
Source: Westerham Brewery