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Vocation Them & Us

Rating: 3.85

Quite a new beer now, this one appears to have been released around December of last year and is an exclusive collaboration between West Yorkshire based the Vocation Brewery and craft beer subscription service Beer52. The beer is one I received as part of a gift ordered from Beer52 for Christmas and comes from a fairly new brewery that I wasn’t aware of prior to seeing this can. The beer itself is a red session IPA that comes in at 4.5% abv. and it was one I was eager to try, although I’m hopeful that it won’t prove to be another disappoint session IPA that turns out to be a watered down regular IPA.

Vocation Them & Us

Appearance (4/5): Ruby red to amber in colour and topped with a thumb-sized, foamy head that’s a creamy colour and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides as it slowly recedes, losing a most of its initial height to leave a thick but slightly patchy surface lacing with a little more build up round the edges.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a hoppy beer on the nose to start, this one comes through a little stronger than I’ve come to expect from session IPA’s and that was definitely a good thing. There was some nice tropical fruits and pine to kick things off and this was followed by some touches of grapefruit and mango. There was some sweetness coming through as well with hints of peach and orange sneaking in towards the end as well before a few biscuit notes rounded things off, but it was the hops that dominated this one really.
Taste (7/10): Starting off quite sweet and hoppy, the taste began with a nice floral bitterness that was complimented by pine and grapefruit hops carrying through from the nose along with a few dried fruits and tropical flavours; most notably orange and mango but some apricot and peach too. Again it was quite a fruity offering along some sweet malts and biscuit were quite notable towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Quite and fresh and moderately bitter beer but one that was easy-going and definitely sessionable, although thankfully that didn’t translate to weak or bland. There was above average carbonation and quite a nice, refreshing feel to proceedings that was well-balanced with a few dry touches towards the end.

Overall (15/20): This one was a surprisingly good session IPA and a lot better than I’d anticipated, although I expected it to at least be enjoyable but part of me thought it might be a little weak or watery; thankfully this wasn’t the case at all. There was good bitterness throughout with the tropical fruits and pine flavours proving particularly enjoyable. It was definitely an easy to drink beer and a good session offering that makes me eager to try some other beers from the brewery now.

Brewed In: Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Vocation Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Beer52.co.uk
Price: Gift

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