Skull King

Rating: 4.4

A sixth beer from Beavertown brewery now and my first double IPA from the brewery, this is an annual release from the brewery that I heard a lot about last year but never managed to grab a can of at the time and had been keeping my eyes peeled for this year. It was released a few weeks ago and a local beer shop had a few cans in but I was again unable to grab one before they sold out so it was just lucky I happened to pay them a visit not long after a few more cans arrived meaning I was finally able to get my hands on some. The beer will be my first new review of a Beavertown beer since really enjoying their Bloody ‘Ell blood orange IPA just under a year ago now and this is again one that I’m looking forward to cracking open. A third can on the bounce from the London-based brewery since they started favouring cans over bottles for all of their beers about two years ago now, something I’d definitely like to see more of from other breweries.

Skull King

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a pale golden colour, this one has quite a hazy body with the odd orange tinge. There is a centimetre tall head on top that looks quite creamy and halves in size after about a minute before holding well after that.
Aroma (8/10): Initially quite a fresh nose with some solid fruits to open things up, there was a combination of mango, apricot and pineapple alongside some fainter pine and grapefruit notes. It’s not an in your face aroma but it was quite a juicy one that came through with some nice citrus and orange touches and a few floral hops as well. Towards the end of the nose there was some caramel malts and a subtle sweetness that started to come through and give the beer a pleasant balance on the nose.
Taste (9/10): Opening up with a strong bitterness thanks to the pine hops and tropical fruits that consists mainly of grapefruit, apricot and mango but is backed up by a little citrus lemon and orange. The beer was again very juicy but the malts from the nose were slightly more pronounced and upfront this time around with the caramel malts showing stronger than before and the sweetness backs it up nicely. There was some grassy hops and a few floral flavours with further resinous pine flavours in there too as well as some pineapple and a couple of pale malts too.
Palate (5/5): This one was a hugely bitter beer with tonnes of pine hops and a strong floral feel to proceedings that was particularly enjoyable. The beer was a medium bodied one with moderate to strong carbonation levels and a nice kick to it thanks to the alcohol, and this also gave the beer a slightly warming feel at the end. The bitterness on the finish was a lingering one and overall the beer was quite dry and crisp but the balance was good with some nice caramel sweetness to level things out well; it was an excellent mouthfeel from start to finish.

Overall (18/20): A fantastic double IPA from Beavertown here, this one was loaded with hops and bitterness from the start and came through with a great combination of tropical fruits and citrus. There was some nice caramel malts and sweetness from the middle onwards that helped with the balance and despite the strong abv. and the fact that some alcohol was showing, this one was still a fairly easy beer to drink and one that I look forward to picking up again at some point. Great stuff from the get go and definitely the best I’ve had thus far from Beavertown, they really do know how to make a good IPA.

Brewed In: London, UK
Brewery: Beavertown Brewery
Full Name: Beavertown Skull King Double IPA
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 8.7%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.20

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  1. November 7, 2016 at 13:38

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