It’s a funny thing. The first time I had this I wasn’t all that fussed – I thought it smelled a lot like feet, and compared to the Mash Up and Hop Zombie I had just drunk, it seemed a bit naff.
Now I’ve learned an important lesson. Don’t try and judge anything after you’ve had a Mash Up and Hop Zombie, because aside from the fact that you’re barely sober enough to register actual flavours, they will bully any smaller beers into a corner.
I enjoyed this beer much more the second time around. It didn’t smell like feet (I still can’t explain that one), and on a fresh palate the flavours were much more pronounced
On the nose I got a lovely hoppy smell of grapefruit, flowers and pine resin, and a distinctive biscuity malt . In the mouth it was the same – predominantly citrusy and grassy hops, a light malt backing and a little grain, with a fairly bitter finish.
This is a bit like yesterday’s beer – a little more reserved than most of the IPAs we get over here, but also more quaffable at 5.2%. And do we like Quaffable? Yes. We. Do!