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Orbit Ivo

Rating: 3.95

This one is the first of two beers that I tried whilst visiting the Harrild and Sons pub near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London recently, a bottle of Orbit Ivo brewed in the Southwark area of the city and one that was recommended to me by the barman when I asked for something local that wasn’t from Camden since they’re becoming increasingly available in Scotland these days. This one is from a brewery that was only founded in 2014 and from what I can tell is only available in the London area with the only exceptions being a couple of online retailers. This particular offering is one of the brewery’s core range of three beers but after enjoying it so much I was able to pick up another of their beers at Brewdog’s BottleDog shop while in the city so a review of that will follow at some point in the near future.

Orbit Ivo

Appearance (4/5): Slightly hazy but quite a bright amber to orange in colour with a one centimetre tall, foamy white head that covers the surface of the beer and then some with a slightly bigger build up of lacing around the sides too.
Aroma (8/10): Fairly hoppy on the nose to start with some nice citrus aromas and plenty of tropical fruits coming through with a little pine and orange backing them up. There’s plenty of floral notes to the beer throughout with some touches of sweetness and some faint caramel but definitely not a lot of it. Overall the beer is quite fruity on the nose with a touch of bitterness right at the end.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose well, the taste starts with some citrus and floral hops alongside some grapefruit, pine and quite a bitter taste but certainly not one that’s overdone. Again I got some touches of caramel coming through but like the nose these weren’t particularly strong, with some orange and lemon coming out stronger than the sweetness that was there.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and easy to drink with quite a bitter feel coming from the ample hops and the citrus managed to give the beer a nice tang to it, helped along but the good carbonation levels. Refreshing with a medium body and some light tart coming through, the beer was rounded off with a nice, crisp and dry finish that was well-balanced throughout.

Overall (17/20): This one was a really nice first beer from Orbit for me, an excellent taste that was full of hops and was almost more American IPA than pale ale but either way it was highly enjoyable and an easy one to drink. Perhaps I was influenced a little by the fact I was sitting out in the sun drinking it but I found it to be quite refreshing with some nice tropical fruits and plenty of bitterness, I’m glad I stumbled across this one and can’t wait to try more from the brewery now.

Brewed In: Southwark, London, England
Brewery: Orbit Beers
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Harrild and Sons (London)
Price: £4.50

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  1. July 7, 2015 at 21:21

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