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Tyson is a beer hound and cheese addict living in the beery metropolis paradise known as Manchester
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Breakfast Beer Tasting: Hop Whoopin

Sleepy head get out of bed
Big bad world is calling
Step in your shoes and catch the news
It's another morning

And we all know what another morning means. Yes, that’s right, another beer. It’s back across the pond today; all the way to the Badger State: Wisconsin. O’so Brewing are a new one on me, but although you don’t see much of them in the UK, they have been around for ten years. So plenty of time to build up a reputation.

S.M.A.S.H (Single Malt And Single Hop) beers are all the rage in some circles but this is a variation on that theme. It’s a Single Malt And Several Hops beer. As the name suggests, it’s a hop-driven (95 IBU) IPA. It’s a 12oz bottle and tips the scale at a fighting fit 7%.

It poured with reasonable carbonation and settled as a hazy, light golden, ale with a one-finger, frothy, off-white head. First impressions are that it’s lighter in colour than many other American IPAs.  The aroma was light with fresh notes of apricot, Seville oranges, lemon and a little bit of bread in the background.

It drinks easy on the palate. Alcohol content is disguised well with only the slightly biscuit/caramel malt backbone giving it away as a stronger beer. Interestingly less of the aroma profile comes through in the first swig. No oranges but plenty of grapefruit and plenty of the classic C hops profile. There’s lemon, gooseberry and a floral spiciness that comes through on the second gulp.

The initial slightly sweet fruitiness gives way to a pine infused middle that quickly dries out. The hop bitterness then hits you in a very (if you’re a hophead) satisfying smack in the back of the throat. A muliti-layered and very satisfying experience.

Tyson says: This is a very well crafted, old school, IPA. Plenty of the refreshing, easy to drink, flavours that you look for in this style. Definitely the kind of beer where one bottle is just the warm up. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Breakfast Beer Tasting: Port Brewing Hop-15

When you suspect it’s going to be one of THOSE days, you need to start the day off right. Liquid fortification and sustenance is called for. An Imperial IPA in a big bottle? Hell, yes. 330ml might be trendy but we all know that it’s for wimps.

So, Hop-15. The name says it all really. It’s brewed with 15 (doh!) different hops which are added every 15 minutes. It’s 22oz and weighs in at a not inconsiderable 10%. It ticks all the theoretical boxes but how does it perform in the only test that matters: the Tyson taste test?

It poured a hazy, bordering on the murky, amber. Possibly slighter darker than others of this ilk that I have imbibed. Carbonation was a bit weak and the one finger off-white head soon dissolved. The aroma was very promising: lots of pineapple, sweet orange, pine and a little earthiness.

That hint of citrus sweetness soon materialised in the first gulp but the second wave brought more solid flavours. There’s a lot going on here: Mango, mandarin, pineapple, yes but matched by a firm malt backbone that perfectly underpins the whole thing. You’re aware of the strength but it never gets in the way. The whole thing zips along the tongue and down the throat leaving to a satisfying dry, fruity, finish.

Tyson says: A great beer. Richly flavoured without being full on. This is a class act.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Breakfast Beer Tasting: Crew Republic Foundation 11

Sometimes you just need to start the day off right, don’t you? Coffee just won’t cut it. You need the buzz that only a good Pale Ale can bring. So rummaging underneath the bed brought forth this little delicacy. It’s from those little craft beer rascals in Munich. Apparently this is the beer that started them off on their beery journey. And having enjoyed their last offering, I was looking forward to trying this one.

It’s a 0.33L bottle and weighs in at 5.6%. Which puts it in the right ballpark for this style. The malt base is Pilsener, Munich and Crystal and the hops are Tradition, Mosaic, Citra and Cascade. IBU count is 40 which, again, puts it into solid Pale Ale country. It poured hazy amber with gentle carbonation and a quickly dissolving head.

The aroma was measured, not too punchy, but distinct nonetheless. There’s a bit of grapefruit and orange, definite lychee and a slight earthy grassiness. Possibly from the Tradition? The taste was more astringent than the aroma would suggest. Plenty of fruit flavours: grapefruit and orange peel and some mixed berries in there as well. The flavours build to a grapefruit dominated dry finish.

Tyson says: Starts well and delivers a finish that cleans the palate. Another winner.