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Cloudwater DIPA v10

Rating: 4.35

Only my second ever Cloudwater beer, this despite the fact that the brewery seems to becoming more popular by the day of late. This offering is the tenth in a series of double IPA’s from the Manchester based brewery that continually tweaks their double IPA recipe with each release. This one follows on from the brewery’s Lapsang Lichtenhainer offering that I tried back in March and to be honest, it wasn’t one that I found enjoyable at all so I’m very hopeful that this one will prove to be a must better beer than that one. I picked this one up a couple of days before Christmas and although it isn’t exactly a winter offering, I thought it would finally give one from this series of beers a try; hopefully it’s as good as I’ve been told.

cloudwater-dipav10

Appearance (5/5): A really cloudy beer that is light amber in colour but bordering on yellow to faded orange, finished off with a foamy white head that is almost creamy in texture. Head retention is pretty good with the beer, it holds remarkably well given the strength of the beer  and there’s even some touches of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (9/10): Pine and grapefruit notes open things up here but there is also some nice touches of mango too. The beer isn’t particularly pungent given the abv. of this one but it wasn’t weak either and there was some fruity, tropical smells around the middle before the malty base starts to make itself known. Towards the end of the beer some floral touches and further bitter hops round things off nicely.
Taste (8/10): The taste opens as a continuation of the nose with plenty of pine and grapefruit alongside some floral bitterness and a combination of tropical fruits; peach, mango and apricot all featuring early on. There was some earthy malts around the middle that also imparted some nice sweetness on proceedings before a few citrus touches and further resinous pine flavours brought things to a close.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and medium bodied, this one was quite a lively and fresh beer that was a touch thicker than I’d expected. There was a slight tang around the middle from the citrus which made it an easy drink to get through. There was a nice balance to the beer that was particularly enjoyable.

Overall (17/20): Great stuff from Cloudwater here, a very enjoyable double IPA that was incredibly well-balanced and very easy to drink given how well the alcohol content was hidden. There was some great bitterness opening things up alongside plenty of resinous pine flavours that also made beer a relatively sweet offering. An excellent beer and one that I’d definitely like to try again; I’m also interested to see what the other beers in the series are like given the chance.

Brewed In: Manchester, England
Brewery: Cloudwater Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.40

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