Amundsen Brewery Natural Born Chillers (4.5%)

Brewed in collaboration with To Øl and Brus, this Session IPA is really rather splendid.
It’s hazy and peachy in colour, its foamy white heading popping and fizzing with life, giving off a big fresh fruit salad bouquet as you pour.
The malting is round and chewy, all runny caramel and soft sweet brioche, and the hops are sharp as a tack, with lemon zest and melon flesh, apricots and lime leaves that make for a long and crisp, dry and bitter finish.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Cloudwater Brew Co. Barry From Finance (8%)

In a word, yuck.
This murky pale peach coloured Sour Double IPA is too thick, too heavy, and the soreness comes on as a light biliousness, sick in your mouth aftertaste.
Sure there’s some decent enough passion fruit and orange from the hops and a reasonably hefty slice of caramel and shortcake sweetness from the malts, but there’s the most unpleasant chalky feeling to the finish that, coupled with the weird vomity carrot flavour that made me pour this down the drain.

Source: EeBria

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Fuller’s & Friends: Is This What Buy-Outs Taste Like?

I’ve long been a big fan of Fuller’s and so, like many, I was disheartened to hear that they’d been sold to a large corporation.
I feared the worst, but thought I’d keep drinking their beer and wait and see.
And so when this year’s Fuller’s & Friends collection was announced I decided that I would give it a try with an open mind.
After all, last year’s was pretty decent.
But oh dear, look what happened…

Krøke (5%)
Krøke is a Herbal Lager brewed with Mack of Norway, who are famously the most Northern brewery in the world.
It’s a decent enough Lagered beer but it’s very difficult to spot the additions of sloes and meadowsweet.
In fact there’s almost no bitterness at all, instead you find lots of sticky honey, caramel biscuits and brown sugar that makes the beer feel round and gloopy rather than crisp and refreshing as you would generally imagine a Lager to be.
There is something quite nice about the finish though, like your Grandfather giving you one of his favourite sweets, it’s warm and round and comforting.

Love On The Run (5%)
This one, a Session IPA, has been brewed with Woodstock Brewery of South Africa and it is really very disappointing indeed.
It pours with almost no notable aroma, I struggled to find even the slightest toffee smell coming off the peachy beer with its little foamy head.
Taking a swig all you find is lots and lots of malty flavours, toffee and honey, biscuits and wafers, with hardly a trace of anything resembling the, “hop forward IPA,” that the beer’s label proclaims.
There’s none of the, “fresh blackcurrant and lemongrass,” in fact there’s not very much of anything save for a thin barley twist heart.

Misprized (4.5%)
Oh man, this isn’t going well.
Misprized (silly name) is a collaboration with Magic Rock.
It’s an Oak aged Mild, supposedly aged on rum barrel oak chips.
It’s another beer in the collection that has barely any aroma save for the smell of barley, sugary and sweet.
The oak chips, and I say chips but probably mean chip singular, add nothing more than the feint waft of someone next door opening an Innis & Gunn.
There’s absolutely nothing here save for a little bit of rum and raisin and lots of maltiness.
Misprized tastes like a beer that was designed before a massive takeover and brewed afterwards.

Way Down Ale (5.8%)
Finally some hops.
Though not many.
Way Down has been brewed with Stone & Wood Of Australia and uses Tasmanian hops.
Yet again it’s almost impossible to find any aroma save for a little bit of lemonade and yet more malty sweetness.
And that’s all you really need to know.
Lots of sweet toffee malt stickiness, like a cheap supermarket Bitter, but at least this time there’s more than a suggestion of something sharp and lemony, even if it’s nothing more than a cheap apology.
Bland and boring.

Respect Your Elders (6%)
I’m running out of energy to even bother saying anything about these beers.
This one, a Mosaic ESB brewed with a Tiny Rebel, suffers from a terrible balance between the overwhelmingly brown sugar stickiness of the one dimensional malts and the hops that hasve been so ham fistedly used that they smell and taste like washing up liquid.
This one went straight down the drain.



Huvvy Dug (7.4%)
Yet another beer with next to no aroma.
Just nothing.
A void.
Being a Wee Heavy, brewed with Pilot Brewery, this is supposed to be a malt heavy beer so at least we’re not supposed to except anything fresh and hoppy.
So what we have here is a bit of rum and raisin, a hint of chocolate and lots and lots of watery sweet brown sugar maltiness.
A void?


Source: Fullers

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Orbit Brewing Ltd. Earl Grey Pale (4.5%)

I really like this.
In fact, right now I wish I had a keg full to spend my evening with.
Orbit’s Earl Grey Pale is brewed with tea and bergamot, coriander and Mandarina and Citra hops.
The label says something about looking out for a Shandy version which I find rather interesting as the beer has the feel of a Shandy as it is.
And that’s kind of what I like about it.
There’s a a lovely soft and chewy caramel and wafer malt, a splash of fresh green leaves, ora ge juice and lemon sherbet from the hops and a gentle wash of spicy tea and bergamot that. When I took my first sniff and swig before reading the label, had me thinking how much this beer felt like a Shandy.
It’s soft and fun, refreshing and tasty.
Super stuff.

Source: EeBria

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Wylam Brewing Co. Is There Music In Your Dreams? (8.2%)

This is a fabulous DIPA brewed in collaboration with Other Half.
As well as loving the beer, which is a soupy cloudy light sandy colour with a smell heavy with apricots and rhubarb and custard sweets, a beer with a Demerara sugar syrup, caramel and waffle malt body that underpins the clear gin booziness of the alcohol and the sharp fresh lemon sherbet, lime leaf, garden herb and orange marmalade of the hops, I love the name that unexpectedly mirrored the record that I put on.
Pretty Things’ “SF Sorrow” is a record that feels like the story of a dream, and it sits beautifully alongside a beer that asks you the question that it does while getting you satisfyingly drunk and dreamy.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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