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Cloudwater DIPA v11

Rating: 4.35

A third Cloudwater beer now and my second in their DIPA series of beers, this one being the eleventh from the brewery and the second in a row that I’ve sampled now, I previously picked up a bottle of their DIPA v10 around Christmas time. This one will actually be the first 2017 beer that I’ll have reviewed as well, the beer was originally released in January and I managed to try it on-tap at the very end of the month in The Hip Taproom in Glasgow just over a week ago. Probably one of the hottest beers in the UK right now, I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t get into these beers sooner and I previously passed up the chance to grab bottles of their DIPA v5 and v6 but finding this one on-tap was a bit of a bonus that somewhat made up for it.


Appearance (4/5): Cloudy yellow to amber coloured with a thin, foamy white head on top that manages to leave a little lacing on the sides and looks pretty good for the style and strength.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh on the nose with a lot of citrus and mango notes coming through in the early going, there was some orange and a few bitter hops in there as well. Towards the middle a lot of pine started to come through and the alcohol was pretty well hidden with this one as well. Some sweetness and a few tropical fruit followed towards the end, passionfruit and some melon being the most pronounced.
Taste (9/10): Following on well from the nose, the taste is kicked off with some orange and citrus notes that imparted a freshness on proceedings before some grapefruit and the pine from the nose started to come through towards the middle of the beer. I could detect some pleasant malts that added some sweetness as well as a little mango and apricot with a few other tropical flavours in there too; excellent stuff.
Palate (5/5): Fresh and fruity with a lot of malt sweetness and some sugars helping out too, the beer was very easy to drink and had an excellent balance that managed to hide the majority of the alcohol throughout, only a tiny bit seemed to show itself right at the end. There was a pleasant citrus tang around the middle to and the beer was quite a dry but highly enjoyable one.

Overall (17/20): Excellent stuff again from Cloudwater and although the beer was quite similar to the DIPA v10 from the brewery, there was enough about it that was unique to prevent things seeming repetitive. The beer got off to a great start with the fresh citrus flavours and some pine coming through to give it quite a bitter feel but one that was well-balanced and easy to drink. I particularly enjoyed the tropical fruits that appeared from the middle on, the mango and apricot working well with the sweeter malts and the citrus adding a nice tang further along. While it was another excellent beer from the brewery, I’m leaning more towards the DIPA v10 being the better of the two but it’s very close and I’d happily try both again given the chance.

Brewed In: Manchester, England
Brewery: Cloudwater Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2017
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Keg (1/3rd Pint)
Purchased: The Hippo Taproom, Glasgow
Price: £4.15


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