Liquid Mistress

Rating: 3.9

My last beer from over the weekend was my first from a brewery I know nothing about, Siren Craft Brew. Their Liquid Mistress is labelled as a red IPA and comes out as a cross between an American IPA and a hoppy, amber ale and is a beer I picked up at Glasgow’s Good Spirits Co. at some point last month with a view of drinking it over Christmas if I got a chance. One of the reasons I haven’t heard of this Berkshire brewery is because they were only founded last year and this particular beer, one of their first has only been available in bottles since early this year and since buying this one I’ve noticed a couple other beers from the brewery popping up north of the border which means they must be doing something right.

Liquid Mistress

Appearance (4/5): A very dark brown with the odd tinge of red but certainly darker and more opaque than I was expecting. The head is a thin, half-centimetre tall one that is light tan coloured and looks quite creamy. Retention is however quite good and holds at its original height for a good few minutes.
Aroma (8/10): Quite hoppy as expected with some tropical fruits, pine and citrus along with some sweeter malts and a few darker fruits as well. A good balance with nothing coming across too strong or overpowering, the aroma is rich with some nice caramel to round things off with.
Taste (7/10): Slightly more hoppy than the nose with the pine as well as some grapefruit taking centre stage in the taste. There is lots of bitterness and some citrus fruits plus the sweet, caramel malts that appeared in the aroma as well. Quite  a pleasant taste but perhaps just that little bit too bitter in places.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and bitter with a smooth and creamy feel to it. Definitely hoppy and sweet with a dry, bitter infused finish that goes down well.

Overall (16/20): A very nice cross between an American IPA and a hop-filled red ale that had a nice balance between flavours and a pleasant, smooth body. The taste was very American with the pine, grapefruit and tropical fruits coming out strongest, especially at the start but these flavours continued throughout and the beer was a good one as a result.

Brewed In: Finchampstead, Berkshire, England
Brewery: Siren Craft Brew
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Amber/Red Ale
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80 (approx.)

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  1. July 30, 2014 at 13:45
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