In a month or two I’ll be in Sneinton Market, Nottingham, for this year’s Nottingham Craft Beer Festival.
It’s a lovely venue and the home Of Neon Raptor.
And so I’m sitting here with a fantastic can of Neon Raptor beer and wishing the days away.
Evil Unicorns is an IPA with an oat heavy malt body, creamy and smooth, with honey smothered pancakes and bread crusts, a warm earthy yeast fug and an aroma packed with fresh tropical fruit salad.
The hops – Citra, Simcoe and Wai-iti – give you lemon sherbet, woody tobacco leaves, herbal leaves and a dab of orange marmalade.
So, Evil Unicorns is big and bold and sexy and it makes me count the days until I can wander to their tap and drink as much as I can, while I wander around the old markets of Nottingham sampling good beer and hanging out with good people.
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This is my first experience of Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks beer and it has blown me away.
A blend of beer aged in French Oak and American Oak casks, and fermented with a range of locally grown wine grapes, this is a deeply satisfying experience.
There’s a soft woody mown lawns and apricot aroma, fresh and light and fruity, and then taking a mouthful you find a delightfully gentle caramel, honeycomb and bran biscuit malt, a lick of green and fresh pithy herbal leaves from the hops and a delicious earthy fungal yeast hit.
And then there’s the damp oak fug and green grape skin pithiness that dries the palate with winey tannins that leaves you with a super dry gooseberry finish.
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I’m not altogether sure what to say about this beer that you can’t guess for yourself if I tell you that this is a superbly made IPA with Columbus, Mosaic, Chinook and Simcoe hops.
If you’re imagining a beer with a resinous piney aroma and a malt body that’s sticky with caramel and a lightly salted shortcake crunchiness, a beer with a sharp and fresh tobacco leaf woodiness, sharp metallic herbal leafiness, lemon sherbet, gala melon and orange marmalade from the hops, then you’re absolutely right and, if you find a can, you won’t be disappointed.
This instalment of Northern Monk’s ongoing Patrons Project is a rather fun DDH IPA brewed in collaboration with Nomad Clan, an internationally acclaimed street art duo.
It’s a pale and peachy cloudy beer with a great big fruit basket aroma and a fizzing head Of fun.
The malting is soft and subtle, with caramel coated doughnuts and honey drizzled toasted waffles, while the hops are sharp and fresh and bold.
You’ll find lemon bonbons, lime leaves, grapefruit, orange marmalade and freshly picked garden herbs that are driven along by a salty earthy yeast hum and a good splash of white rum booze in the finish.
What started out as a very one dimensional beer, slowly opened up to me as I worked my way down my glass.
Initially pouring with a light lemon aroma and a straw coloured body, I wasn’t impressed when I took a first swig and found nothing more than a vaguely tart lemon flavour.
But I persevered and I’m glad that I did, because as the beer warmed it grew, bringing a super soft caramel and fig biscuit malting, a hint of something funky and earthy from the yeast and a slap of nettle tea, herbal hedgerow and sherbet lemons from the UK hops.