New Bristol Brewery Irish Cream Stout (7%)

This is almost brilliant.
Almost.
You see, it has a flaw.
It begins with the lovely warm aroma of creamy coffee and whiskey, and those smells draw you down into your glass where you find lots of the same.
There’s coffee and praline, thick cream, dark chocolate, whiskey and treacle tart.
The body is a warm pastry, buttery and thick, chewy and mouth filling.
All good so far, right?
The problem is that the beer doesn’t stop there.
Where you want to end on a sweet and sticky vanilla milkiness, to be treated to a pudding of a beer, instead there’s a rather harsh (at least in this context) bitterness, and it has far too big a herbal slap to really fit in with everything else going on, and to make matters worse this comes from East Kent Golding, a hop variety that without all the smooth chocolate and vanilla around it would generally be a rather subtle affair.
And therein lies the flaw of what is an almost brilliant beer – Too many hops.
And I NEVER thought I’d find myself saying that.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Donzoko Indie Graft (4.7%)

Only available through Independent shops, this is a wicked little Pale Ale coupling Nelson Sauvin hops with a Belgian yeast strain.
Right from the off you find green grapes and gooseberries.
It’s that unmistakable Nelson Sauvin thing, and I for one love it.
Dry and fruity, it wafts up at you as you pour and then, once you take a mouthful you enter a world of Goosegogs and white wine that you will never want to leave.
There’s a light and subtle brown sugar, pancake and honey malt body to bring some sweetness and a little roundness to the beer, and the yeast adds its own bang of damp fungal undergrowth, like a walk through damp woodland leaves after the rain.
But it’s the Nelson Sauvin that stars here, it’s bright and shiny and super fresh, and brings you to a long, crisp and very dry climax.
Best partnered with anything by The Television Personalities.
Super stuff.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Barrier Brewing Co. Greenroom (5.4%)

This is a gentle and subtle little Pale Ale that feels much lighter than its ABV.
With its garden flower aroma and pale peach colour you would be forgiven for thinking that you were in the presence of something super light, something around the 4% and can drive home afterwards mark.
But this is a deceptive beer.
The malts are soft and creamy, with bagels and caramel, honey and waffles making up the body, while the hops bring lots of Honeydew melon, some mango, peach and a little kick of herbal greenery.
In the finish the beer feels long and dry and bitter, while the alcohol sneaks in adding a gentle warmth to the end of the drink.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Ashover Brewery Rattle (7.4%)

This might be the perfect beer for this Autumn.
Pouring a conker red with a smell of toasted marshmallows and toffee, Rattle is a well hopped Imperial Red Ale with a fabulous kick.
This is a sticky beer, a sexy beer, a beer you want to slosh around in your mouth before you swallow.
Cinder toffee and brandy snaps, treacle tart, honey and digestive biscuits make up the deliciously chewy malt body.
You’ll also find cherries and blackcurrants as the hops come in with their fistful of autumnal leaf litter, all crunchy, pithy and red, hazel, nettles and a dab of orange marmalade adding a zippy fruitiness to the long bitter finish.
Brilliant brewing, that’s what this is.

Source: The Offie

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Half A Dozen Reasons To Get To Know Mondo Brewing

Hoosier (5%), Mondo’s American Pils is dry and crisp and delightfully refreshing.
You find a soft and creamy caramel body, lots of waffles and ice cream corners with a drizzle of honey on the side.
There’s a warm and earthy spiced yeast in the background of the beer while the hops are all fresh herbal greenery, lemon zest and lime marmalade.
And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, you’ll find a lemon curd and garden herb aroma wafting up to you as you reach the long bitter finish.

 

Spindizzy (6.9%) is a West Coast IPA with a resinous redwood and sweet honey aroma.
The malts provide a really good barley sugar, honey and wafer body, soft and rich and sweet over which the hops bring woody tobacco, green herbal leaves, orange marmalade, hazel and hedgerow as you reach the long bitter finish.
It’s a solid beer, a beer with an inviting honey and garden flower aroma, and as the clean and clear gin of the booze kicks in, it’ll have you hoping for another pint.

 


Road Soda (4.8%)
is the least interesting of the Mondo beers I’ve been drinking.
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with it, in fact it is a perfectly good Pale Ale.
It’s just not overly exciting.
The malting is soft and gentle, all caramel wafers and pancake batter, and the hops bring apricots and peaches, a little mango and a slap of herbal leaves.
It is meant to be a super easy drinking beer and it is exactly that.

 

 

Goza (4.7%) is a Gose brewed with Coriander, salt, Prickly Pear and Guava.
It’s a Gose that has been Kettle soured, a Gose that’s bright and light, tart and keen.
The aroma is green apples and garden flowers and the beer pours a peach juice gold.
There’s a silky smooth wafer and caramel, honey and pancake malt body, it’s sweet and creamy and makes for a solid base for the lemony Citra hops, bolstered by the metallic tang of the kettle souring, to bring a sharp bitterness, making your lips pucker and your mouth water.
The Salt, and fruit combine in the finish to add a clean and juicy, fruity softness to this rather fine little beer.

Ripple Effect (6.6%) is a smooth and creamy New England IPA that pours a cloudy gold with a wispy head and an aroma full of peach, mango and meadow flowers.
Taking a swig you find lots of Gala Melon, peaches and apricots, lemon curd, and sharp pithy green herbal leaves.
Underneath lurks a solid toffee and shortcake malt body, a pinch of salt and a good waft of earthy yeast goodness.
Couple all this with a long, dry and very fruity finish, and you’ve a NEIPA you’ll be happy to look for again.


Tempt Yappy (6.2%)
is an IPA with loads of hops.
So any in fact, that on reading the label you might think you’re in for a confusing ride, but fortunately Mondo manage to balance everything just so.
Between the bittering and the dry hopping there’s Southern Cross, Citra, Columbus, Hallertau, Mittelfrüh and Simcoe, not to mention Amarillo.
That’s a lot of hops.
But they work.
There’s lashings of lemon curd, sherbet Dip Dabs, freshly torn green garden herbal leaves, mango and peach, while the malt provides a soft and chewy brown sugar glazed doughnut of a body.
A little bit salty and a little bit sweet, it feels like a freshly fried mouthful of cakey goodness.
Very good indeed.

Source: Mondo Brewing Co.

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