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Harbour Session IPA

Rating: 2.9

A first beer from the Harbour Brewing Company now and one that I picked up in local supermarket a couple of weeks ago with a view of trying it on a recent train journey, only to forget I had it when packing. The beer is one that my local Morrions have recently started stocking, alongside a few of the brewery’s other beers, after they decided to increase their craft beer range considerable. This was the one from the brewery that caught my eye, mainly due to the fact the weather was starting to pick up some when I bought it and despite the fact that good session IPA’s seem to be few and far between; hopefully this one can show me something different though. Introduced back in 2014 and available on cask as well as in cans (another reason I picked this one up), the beer is one that I’m looking forward to and should hopefully be a good first beer to kick off my evening.

Harbour Session IPA

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a light and quite bright amber colour with a clear body that has plenty bubbles rising to the surface. Thea head is a very nice, centimetre and a half tall one that holds remarkably well over the opening minute with little movement at all; great stuff.
Aroma (6/10): Fairly fresh but not overly pronounced on the nose, there was some nice touches of orange and citrus in the early going before some faint pine started to come through. These notes were followed by a few bread malts and the tiniest bit of sweetness but it seemed short-lived and it was the citrus notes that seemed to dominate proceedings.Towards the end some basic grassy hops and biscuit notes start to come through as well and overall the balance on the nose was good but like a lot of session IPA’s they weren’t strong enough.
Taste (5/10): Following on well from the nose and in a similar fashion, this one kicked off with some basic citrus hops with a subtle pine backing but the grassy hops seemed to come through a lot sooner with the taste than was previously the case. There was touches of orange around the middle that ushered in the bread and biscuit malts that also seemed more pronounced when compared to the nose. The beer had quite an inoffensive taste to it but there wasn’t too much to grab your attention or keep you interested, it was just a little bland in truth.
Palate (2/5): Definitely a light bodied beer and actually thin at times, the beer had some light pine bitterness and touches of citrus that added a basic tang but it was quite a bland and boring offering that was far too weak and basic at times, even bordering on watery nearer the end. It was well-carbonated at least but this was far from enough to save the palate or help it down any better.

Overall (12/20): This one started fairly well, if a little weak, but by the end it was quite a disappointing offering and one that was a struggle to finish in truth. There was some subtle pine and citrus to kick things off with a few bread and biscuit malts featuring alongside some grassy flavours but things started to fade and the bitterness seemed a little too harsh as I started working my way down the glass. Sadly this one is another that can be classed as a poor session IPA and again I’m questioning why so many breweries persist with this style of beer when they are frequently terrible.

Brewed In: Bodmin, Cornwall, England
Brewery: Harbour Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Morrisons (Glasgow)
Price: £1.50

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  1. July 6, 2016 at 10:32

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