Pressure Drop Brewing Co. Behind Door Number 3 (8.5%)

Hell’s bells, this is a good New England DIPA.
It’s big and bold, thick and chewy.
The Citra and Mosaic hops work hand in hand with the yeast to create an aroma full of peach stones and lemon curd and a flavour you can dive down into.
The size of the fruit flavours is almost overwhelming, lemon bonbons and mango flesh, green grape skins and passion fruit edged with a slap of steely green leaves, I could go on but you get the idea.
The yeast adds a rich earthiness, slightly spicy but still fruity, while the malt is sweet and sticky, all honey coated Belgian Waffles, salted popcorn and shortbread.
In the finish you start to feel the clean sting of gin as the alcohol takes hold, pushing the soft bitter sweetness forward.
Super stuff.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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Burnt Mill Brewery Moutere & Mosaic (6.2%)

I had decided not to write about this beer when I opened it, but as soon as I took my first swig I changed my mind.
You see, this is a sensationally made IPA.
Part of Burnt Mill’s Dual Hop range, the beer uses a subtle but solid malt base that creates a honey, shortcake and salted popcorn body, just enough of a base to make the beer feel smooth and round without detracting from the grace of hops on show.
And what a show it is, with Moutere (a new hop variety to me) and Mosaic giving a fresh zesty aroma and a flavour packed with grapefruit, lemon zest, green grapes, basil and just the lightest hint of thyme.
This is a big fresh and super dry, crisp and clean beer that really is worth hunting down.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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A Pair Of Beauties From Twisted Barrel

Dankobah (8%)
Brewed in collaboration with Mashionistas, this is a damned fine DIPA.
It pours all hazy and smells of tinned peach halves, its little frothy head fizzing with fun.
There’s a superbly soft and creamy caramel and pancake, toffee brioche malt body that creates a smooth brown sugar glazed body, eh8le the London Ale III yeast brings its own lightly psiced apricot jam to the party.
Over this goodness the gang of hops that is Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe give you a punch to the throat that’s finely balanced between lemon sherbet fizzy sweetness, lime leaves and candied orange, and woody tobacco, woodland undergrowth and fuzzy fresh peaches.
Yup, as I said, this is a damned fine DIPA.

Cherry Pies Ought To Be You (7%)
Take a superbly made Porter, a Porter with a coffee and treacle tart, honeyed doughnut and walnut bread malt body.
A Porter whose malt bill also creates a warm woody feeling while its yeast adds a round and spicy stone fruit and aniseed background hum.
To this Porter add a single hop, namely Magnum, with its flashes of lemon zest and orange marmalade, and smack of herbal greenery.
Got it?
That’s a good Porter, right?
So now add sweet cherries to the mix, sit back and relax into what is an absolutely delightful Porter.
The cherry concentrate is meaty and juicy, dark and sexy.
This is how to improve on an already superbly made Porter.

Source: Twisted Barrel Ale

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Vibrant Forest Brewery Cambrian Root (5.1%)

Now this is something rather special.
Really rather special.
Many many years ago I used to buy liquorice root from my local health food store and chew at it, partly because I found it delicious and partly because I was a pretentious vegetarian teenager.
Taking a swig of this beer has brought those days right back to me.
Cambrian Root has a superb chocolate and coffee, treacle tart and honey on toast malt body, lightly buttery, round and chewy, as well as a little slap of green herbal leaves and nettle tea from the hopping.
By the way, it pours a lovely deep purple with a little cappuccino head and smells of prunes and rum Baba.
But it’s the sinewy woody liquorice root flecked with sea salt that lifts this beer into somewhere that’s really astonishing.
You really need to find this beer and drink this beer, it’s something very special indeed.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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A Pair Of Beauties From Buxton Brewery

Buxton’s last Double IPAs of 2019 come as a pair that use the same malt bill but different hops.
I’m sure one could Google which hops are used in each can but in all honesty I can’t be arsed.
I’d rather just tell you this:

Sling Draw (8%) is a beer with a round and sticky honey waffle, pecan and toffee malt body, some flaky pastry and walnut on the side and a smell that’s big and bold and full of peaches and tobacco.
There’s a boozy underbelly that’s warm and deep, adding a gloopy richness to the beer while the hops are sharp yet fruity, all pine needles and orange marmalade, apricot jam and just a hint of aniseed.

Quick Draw (8%), on the other hand, might begin with that same sweet and sticky, round and gloopy malt body with its hint of nuts and pie, but the hops take it off into somewhere far more woody.
Lots of resinous redwood, rolling tobacco, lime zest and just a little mango flesh.
There’s nowhere near the aroma of Sling Draw , just a light lemon curd waft, but don’t let the lack of smell put you off, as this is all about its big bold bitterness that prickles on your tongue, hides its booze until it’s too late and leaves you with a jaw smackingly dry bitter finish.

Source: Pop’n’Hops

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