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Espiga Garage IPA

Rating: 3.75

A third Espiga beer from, a brewery that I became acquainted with last summer while in Barcelona where I managed to try their Black IPA as well as the Mosaic offering from their Hop Series Collection. Since returning from Barcelona last June I’ve noticed a couple of the brewery’s beers in the odd Glasgow bottle shop, mainly the Mosaic offering I’d already tried but just before Christmas I spotted this on and decided to give it a go. The beer is labelled as a fruity offering with resinous pine and tropical fruit notes as well as some sweeter flavours and is one I’m looking forward to since I quite enjoyed both of the previous offerings from the brewery. As such I’m also looking forward to picking up a couple more from the brewery when I return to Barcelona later this year, hopefully I’ll find a couple more bottles in the UK before then too.

espiga-garage-ipa

Appearance (4/5): This one was quite a bright amber to orange colour in the glass and was topped with a two and a half centimetre foamy, white head that had a couple of bubbles in there too. The beer had a relatively cloudy body with a few fine bubbles rising to the surface as well.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh and quite hoppy on the nose in the early going, there was some solid pine and grapefruit notes coming through alongside a combination of orange and mango before some further tropical fruits followed on behind; most notably some pineapple. Around the middle a few sweeter type malts and caramel notes started to make themselves known and were accompanied by touches of bread and biscuit to present a fairly well-balanced nose.
Taste (7/10): Initially this one starts the same as the nose with a pleasant combination of pine hops and grapefruit coming through but there is a little more citrus this time around and I felt it tasted a touch sweeter as well. There was some caramel malts coming through earlier with the same touches of bread and biscuit from the nose and the tropical fruits were accompanied by some floral flavours here; very nice stuff.
Palate (4/5): Tangy and quite a fresh IPA, this one had fine carbonation and a good hop bitterness throughout that helped it down easily. The body was sitting about medium, perhaps just a touch lighter and there was an excellent balance to the beer with the hops and caramel malts working well together from the start.

Overall (15/20): Very nice stuff from Espiga, this one was quite an enjoyable offering that ranked similarly to the previous two offerings from the brewery that I’ve tried previously, it’s a shame it didn’t rate a little higher but I still liked the beer and would be tempted to pick it up again. There was quite a light and lively feel to it with some nice citrus flavours backing up the pine and grapefruit that came with both the nose and taste. It was definitely an easy one to drink and there was a nice variety to the tropical fruits that made this one well worth trying.

Brewed In: Sant Llorenç d’Hortons, Barcelona, Spain
Brewery: Cervesa Espiga
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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