9% New England Style IPA
We're back to tasting beer with this acclaimed brewery from Barcelona. My first taste of Spanish craft beer!
This boy had some serious chunks, after pouring the entire can out we had some floaters but I'm all for some extra protein. Carbonation is medium as the head dissipated quickly.
Aroma is sweet, filled with stone fruits, tropical fruit and subtle pine residue. There's a real tutti fruti aspect going on here and I cant wait to get stuck in.
The flavour is massive, all of those aromas come through in the taste, pineapple, mango, melon and rhubarb notes come through in abundance. There's a fair amount of bitterness for a dry hop bomb, but I enjoyed it. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, thick and cloying without being overwhelming.
Picked this one up from honestbrew.com - give them a look if you fancy one.
5.2% New England IPA
My first taste of Shindigger, another Manchester based brewery. Founded as a duo selling homebrew at student parties, they now operate as 'shadow brewers' - utilising spare capacity from other breweries to make their beers. I loved the can art on this one, which was my inspiration for picking it up.
Hop fumes balloon out of the can ass soon as it's cracked, pouring a dense hazy pale straw into the glass. The head evaporated quickly, but formed a decent sized white head when it lasted.
The smell is all tropical fruit, with mango, passionfruit, papaya, pineapple and mango at the forefront.
I was surprised at how thick the mouthfeel was at only 5.2% abv. Imagine a light version of a Cloudwater offering, lacking the booziness and slight hop burn. Instead, a soft initial flavour of stone fruits like apricot and peach is backed up with mangoes and pineapple. Slight bitterness on the back end but very easy drinking.
This one was another bottle shop purchase, give your local a shout if you like the sound of it!
8.2% Imperial India Pale Ale
The final beer from my three beer box ordered from Cloudwater which included two collabs with Other Half, this one being the only solo Cloudwater effort. The label is a beautiful thing, I love wooden cross sections, as you can tell by the majority of my photos. What lies inside though?
Pours like orange juice - thick and jammed to the brim with proteins.
Aroma is huge, sweet stone fruits turning into almost jammy berries. Pine resin and a light earthiness is present.
The mouthfeel is silky smooth, bolstered by oats and that 8.2% alcohol by volume. Those peach and apricot aromas are very prominent in the flavour as well as a lingering bitterness. Not as heavy as the Imaginary Greenscapes collab, but it's definitely there. Slight alcohol burn which may dissipate with time, this one is very fresh.
This one is still available on the Cloudwater website, and possibly in your local bottleshop!