08/09/2015 – #craftbeerhour

Even Keel / Ballast Point / 3.8% Eyes: amber Nose: pine and citrus Mouth: pine and citrus Notes: No surprises when an American IPA tastes very much like slightly malty grapefruit juice in a pine forest, but this is nowhere near a complaint. This is probably the best one I’ve had apart from Sierra Nevada’s […]

07/09/2015 – Code Black

Code Black / Hardknott / 5.6% Eyes: black, crimson edges Nose: bitter Mouth: chocolate orange Notes: Contrary to the reverse psychology on the website, I will almost always choose a black IPA when one is available. I like juxtapositions, and the balance between dark roasted indulgence and fresh, spritely tropical/citrus flavours is extremely appealing to […]

01/09/2015 – #craftbeerhour

Azimuth / Hardknott / 5.8% Eyes: bright orange Nose: zesty/tropical Mouth: tropical/dry Notes: last-minute circumstances led to post-9pm bacon sandwiches to accompany the event, plus I was celebrating good news. Thankfully, this was genuinely lovely. Very, very zesty, tropical, fruity and syrupy, with lots of passionfruit, orange, lime, grapefruit and all the usual suspects. Great […]