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Buxton Ace Edge

Rating: 3.85

This is another of my last minute grabs from last week, my first beer from the Derbyshire based Buxton Brewery that I picked up in honour of National IPA Day last Thursday. I had found out that morning that I was all out of IPA’s and since it was a special occasion I headed to my local bottle shop after work with the intention of picking up a new Kernel beer if they had any in, which they usually do. Instead I ended up spotting this one which was slightly cheaper than most of the Kernel offerings in the shop so I thought why not and picked up a bottle. The beer itself is a reworking of the same breweries Axe Edge except this one uses Sorachi Ace hops instead and features more of a lemon taste this time round; it turns out it was a good one anyway, here’s what I thought of it.

Buxton Ace Edge

Appearance (4/5): Pours quite a light looking, hazy golden colour with a thumb-sized head that is foamy and white looking with some fairly good retention over the opening couple of minutes; there didn’t even seem to be much reduction in size even after I’d taken a few drinks from this one.
Aroma (6/10): Nice bursts of tropical fruits on the nose initially with strong citrus and grapefruit notes, there is a solid hop-filled smell to this one that also features some pine in the mix. It’s definitely a fresh smelling beer with some lemon in there as well and it is one that starts quite strong but slowly weakens once given a little time to open up some; nice stuff overall but just that little bit too weak sadly.
Taste (8/10): There is some tropical fruits, a little pine and grapefruit and a lot of citrus to kick of the taste here but surprisingly there was a nice amount of caramel and pale malts to follow this up which was something the nose didn’t seem to hint at. The Sorachi Ace hops are very strong with quite a lot of lemon coming through in the taste with some bitterness coming through right at the end to round things off.
Palate (4/5): Light medium bodied with medium carbonation and a fairly bitter mouthfeel although it’s not an in your face bitterness. The beer is very smooth and refreshing at the same time with a slight citrus tang to it and a dry, lingering bitter finish that goes down easier than it should, helped by the fact that the alcohol content is pretty well masked throughout.

Overall (17/20): Not a bad introduction to Buxton Brewery beers at all, this one was a very enjoyable and quite refreshing IPA from the Derbyshire based brewery with a nice, tropical fruit taste and plenty of bitterness throughout. I was pleasantly surprised at how well hidden the alcohol content of this one was with almost no sign of it at all in either the smell or the taste but the lemon from the Sorachi Ace hops is what stole the show, it’s just a pity the nose wasn’t that tiny bit more pronounced or this could have been an outstanding really beer.

Brewed In: Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Brewery: Buxton Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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