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Lupuloid IPA

Rating: 3.9

Beer number eight from Beavertown now and to be honest I thought I’d actually tried a few more than that from the brewery, likely because of how often I finding myself ordering their beers when at a bar. This one is a new release for 2016 from the London based brewery and is one that I’ve spotted on a number of occasions over the previous few months but haven’t tried until now for one reason or another; I’m told it is an excellent beer though which is the main reason I picked a can up just before Christmas. The beer follows on from the review of the brewery’s Halloween Stingy Jack offering that I had back in October but I’m hopeful this one will turn out to be a better beer than that disappointing offering. The beer itself was the result of a series of beers released by the brewery as pilot offerings that were then tweaked to end up with this one that was eventually released back in early September; it’s  definitely one that I’m looking forward to now, oh and the design on the can is fantastic too.

lupuloid-ipa

Appearance (4/5): This one is a lot lighter than expected, pouring a cloudy golden colour that is reminiscent of a watered down amber. The head is quite a fluffy looking one that starts about a centimetre and a half tall before fading slightly to leave a foamy white head that also had a bit of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass; retention is also quite good from this one too.
Aroma (7/10): The smell of this beer is quite a strong and pungent one from the second you open the can, there was a lot of bitter hops and floral notes in the early going that were backed up by some resinous pine notes as well. The beer was loaded with grapefruit and citrus aromas, almost to the point of being overpowering but it managed to balance itself out slightly thanks to the addition of some peach and mango around the middle, with a few other tropical fruits sitting in the background.
Taste (8/10): Quite fresh and very bitter from the opening bell, this one had a lot of pine and grapefruit flavours coming through in the early going before some touches of citrus and plenty of tropical fruits from the nose started to show themselves. There was a few sweet malts around the middle and towards the end of the beer that backed the sweetness from the fruits up before some floral bitterness seen things out nicely.
Palate (4/5): Definitely a fresh and bitter beer, this one had a lot of hops from the start and some nice citrus flavours adding a subtle tang to proceedings. It was an easy beer to drink with the 6.7% abv. completely masked as I drank this one, the resinous pine being the only dominate characteristic alongside the hop bitterness. There was also a relatively clean, crisp feel to the beer thanks to the solid carbonation and good balance.

Overall (16/20): This one was a really nice offering from Beavertown, definitely up there with their best and a welcome turn around from their Stingy Jack that I tried last. The beer opened with a lot of bitter hops and pine, both of which continued throughout and were joined by some tropical fruits and citrus. The beer proved to be a very easy one to drink despite the relatively high abv. and the huge amounts of bitterness; it’s also a beer I can definitely see myself having again in the near future.

Brewed In: London, UK
Brewery: Beavertown Brewery
Full Name: Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.7%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.70

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  1. July 13, 2017 at 22:26

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