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Fourpure IPA

Rating: 3.85

This is a beer from a relatively new London based brewery, Fourpure, that I recently stumbled upon when in my local bottle shop picking up for seasonal pumpkin beers before they disappeared for another year. Whilst in the shop I happened across this can, mainly opting for it because it was a new London brewery that I’d yet to see anything from but also because it states on the label that the beer is ‘Inspired by Oregeon, USA’ so I’m hoping the hops are showcased with this one. As I’ve probably mentioned countless times before, I’m enjoying seeing more craft beers in cans and it good to see a UK brewery offering their entire core range in this format – they even claim to be the first UK craft brewery to do this for their entire core range. Coming in at 6.5%, the beer should be packed with flavour and it’s one I’m definitely looking forward to trying; I’ll wait until I’ve done so to see if it’s a brewery I want to see more of but all signs look positive at this stage.

Fourpure IPA

Appearance (4/5): This can was absolutely filled to the brim, it was overflowing when I opened it and it poured a light to medium amber colour, topped with a foamy white head about a centimetre and a half tall. Retention is fairly good with the head receding slightly before holding at just under a centimetre tall after a couple of minutes.
Aroma (8/10): Quite hoppy and definitely American influenced straight off the bat, the beer is loaded with pine and tropical fruits notes, some citrus like hops and a nice bitterness to get things going. The beer certainly smells fresh with some sweetness and sugars coming through on top of the juicy fruits notes and citrus. This one was an excellent smelling beer with some mango and pineapple rounding things off very nicely indeed.
Taste (7/10): Starting quite lively on the taste buds with some strong citrus and huge amounts of bitterness, the beer tastes like an enhanced version of the nose with strong hop flavours and a huge floral taste that came across more pronounced than anything with the nose. There was some of the mango and tropical fruits flavours present as well but given how strong the bitterness and hops were, it made these quite difficult to detect and enjoy properly. Some lemon and pine made an appearance towards the end and the bitterness was present throughout.
Palate (4/5): Very bitter on the palate with a medium, well carbonated body and a fairly lively feel to it. The beer was quite dry and slightly chewy towards the end with a lingering bitter finish that seemed to go on and on.

Overall (15/20): Fairly good stuff from Fourpure, the highlight being the wonderful smell of the beer but it was let down ever so slightly by the taste with too much bitterness and citrus coming through early on that threw the balance of what was otherwise a very good offering. It was a good but fairly standard and dare I say ordinary American style IPA that could have used something a little different to make it a truly excellent offering.

Brewed In: Bermondsey, London, England
Brewery: Fourpure Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.20

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