Downfall Architect (6.8%)
This is my first experience of Pentrich’s beer, and all I can say is that I’m ready for more.
Downfall Architect is big fruity IPA that pours a lovely peachy gold apricot jam and garden flowers.
There’s a soft and chewy caramel wafer, honey and white bread crust malt body before the Mosaic – for this is a single hopped IPA – do what they do best.
Big washes of zingy satsuma peel and sharp lemon zest, orange juice, pithy herbal leaves and some sweet mango flesh.
All this goodness makes for a very enjoyable beer with a long bitter and superbly dry finish.
Different Station (5.6%)
This, my second beer from this brewery, is a Pale Ale brewed with Falconers Flight and Mosaic hops, and it’s very nice indeed.
Lots of fresh fruit salad flavours, oranges and peaches, apricots, strawberries and a hint of watermelon from the hops, while the malting is a subtle soft caramel brioche and bread dough.
And with an aroma that’s packed with summer flowers and a finish that’s gently bitter, I’d happily spend an evening session with this beer.
Pentrich’s Double (or Imperial, as they call it) IPA is brewed with Citra and Mosaic (they seem to have a thing for Mosaic), and it pushes all the right buttons.
A great big watermelon and strawberry aroma drifts up from your glass as the beer sits all cloudy and sexy, just waiting to be tasted.
The malting is round and chewy, toffee and doughnuts, those pink wafer biscuits you liked as a child (and secretly still do), runny honey and shortbread is bolstered by a great big crystal clear hot gin booziness that even hints at Juniper as it warms your chest and amplifies the lemon curd and orange zest, flying saucers, lime leaves and garden herbs of the hoppy hit that makes for a great big beer with a sharp bitter and delightfully dry finish.