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Brooklyn Scorcher IPA

June 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.15

Beer number twelve from Brooklyn for me now and only my first new offering from them since I was somewhat disappointed by their Blast! double IPA when I tried it back in February 2015; I’m amazed it has been so long between trying a new one of their beers for me. This one is a beer that I noticed my local Morrison’s supermarket has started stocking recently and since it was an American brewery IPA from a fairly well known brewery it was an easy decision to pick up a bottle and try it at home. The beer is not one I recognised from the brewery before grabbing it but I was pleased to see more of their beers making it to supermarkets of late and I’m hoping this turns out to be a good one from the brewery. Marketed as a session IPA since it comes in at 4.5%, I’m also hoping the beer proves a little better than some of the disappointing session IPA’s I’ve reviewed over the years and this will be my first of the style from Brooklyn so I’d like to think they’ve learnt from other brewery’s mistakes but I guess there is only one way to find out.

Appearance (3/5): Quite a light, almost watered down looking amber colour with a white, bubbly head that lasts just under a minute before fading to quite a patchy lacing dotted about the surface of the beer. The body is incredibly clear with this one and it looks quite still too.
Aroma (6/10): Slightly lighter on the nose than expected and there wasn’t as many hops either, this one opened with some subtle citrus notes and touches of floral hops. The beer came through with some oranges nearer the middle with touches of bread and faint caramel following on behind. There is a nice balance to the nose with touches of hay and grassy hops in there as well but it definitely wasn’t as strong as I’d been expecting.
Taste (7/10): Opening with quite a floral taste that comes through with quite a few hops, there is touches of citrus and hints of perfume in the early going as well. The beer was somewhat stronger than the nose without being overly so, I got touches of spice nearer the middle before some bread malts and the odd bit of sweetness too.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and quite crisp, the beer has a few floral touches with the citrus adding a subtle tang to proceedings nearer the middle. It was fairly well-balanced that made the beer relatively easy to drink with the odd touches of sweetness nearer the end. Overall it’s quite a dry and oily beer with some nice bitterness at the end but there wasn’t as much as I’d expected really.

Overall (13/20): Quite a fresh and crisp beer but one that was a little lighter than expected and with less hops too, there was some towards the end of proceedings but there wasn’t many showing before that. The taste mainly consisted of some pleasant citrus and floral flavours that were well-balanced but nothing overly special in truth; touches of bread and light sweetness featured too towards the end. It’s probably not a beer that I’d go back to given it’s quite an ordinary session IPA but it’s always worth picking up a new beer, just don’t go out of your way to pick this one up I guess.

Brewed In: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Morrisons (Glasgow)
Price: £1.75

Sixpoint Resin

December 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Rating: 4.05

A milestone fiftieth double IPA for me now and a fifth beer from the New York based Sixpoint brewery for me now, this one being their flagship double IPA and a beer that I’ve managed to try once already this year when I first discovered JD Wetherspoon pubs were selling it; a place where I’ve found all previous Sixpoint offerings that I’ve reviewed here. This beer is one that I had been wanting to try for some time, it’s one that regularly pops up on my Instagram feed and since I really enjoyed the brewery’s Bengali and Bengali Tiger offerings, I knew this was one I’d have to track down at some point. I grabbed this one last month at Glasgow Airport prior to a trip to Cuba so this one is likely to be one of the last non-Caribbean beers that I’ll be adding here until those reviews are published. Originally released in early 2012 and coming in at 9.1%, I was surprised at just how strong this one was the first time I ordered a can but I went in fully prepared this time and it again proved to be an excellent beer.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a bright amber colour, this one is thick looking and topped with a thin, foamy white head that’s thinner around the edges but that was to be expected given the abv. of the beer; there is an odd bit of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a resinous nose as you would expect given the name of the beer but it was one that also opened up with some nice pine and grapefruit too. There was some nice tropical notes that features early on as well and the alcohol seemed to be well hidden initially. The beer was definitely a strong one with some decent bitterness coming through but it managed to hold a good balance thanks to some semi-sweet notes nearer the end with a little mango and peach too; great stuff.
Taste (8/10): Quite a strong pine and grapefruit opening with plenty of citrus flavours coming through as well before a few lighter tropical fruits started to appear. There was some mango and peach from the nose alongside a little passion fruit and the beer was more pronounced that it was with the nose. There was further pine bitterness towards the end with a touch of sweetness from some caramel in there too which helped it down nicely.
Palate (4/5): A very strong but surprisingly well balanced beer, this one starts with a tangy pine bitterness and plenty of citrus before being quickly backed up by some sticky sweet touches. There is a thick, full bodied feel to the beer with moderate carbonation coming through and a lingering bitterness down the stretch and towards the finish. It’s definitely quite a dry but fresh beer, more so than expected, and there was a slightly warm finish thanks to the touches of alcohol that did manage to sneak through.

Overall (17/20): Solid stuff from Sixpoint here, this one was a hop bomb with tonnes of pine and grapefruit bitterness in the early going before some tropical fruits and citrus flavours started to come through and level things out slightly. The alcohol was well hidden and only really made an appearance right at the end alongside some of the sweet malts and caramel that also helped with the balance of the beer. It was a relatively easy one to drink despite its strength and the only slight negative was that the nose could have perhaps been a little more pronounced but overall it was an excellent beer with a lot of flavour and it’s definitely one I’ll try again at some point.

Brewed In: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Sixpoint Brewery
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 9.1%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: The Sanderling (JD Wetherspoons), Paisley, Scotland
Price: £5.25

Evil Twin Molotov Lite

November 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 4.0

My fifth beer from the now New York based Evil Twin Brewing and a beer that follows on from their Hipster Ale that I tried a few months back after picking a can up in London. This one is my only other canned serving from the brewery with the rest all being bottled offerings and it is another beer that I recently ordered from the Brewdog online store since it’d been a while since I’d last had a double IPA, although it should be noted that some list this as just an American IPA but at 8.5% I feel it falls well within the double IPA bracket. Coming in at 8.5%, this one appears to be a slightly lighter version of Evil Twin’s 13% Molotov which is another double IPA that I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on at some point.

Evil Twin Molotov Lite

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a nice golden amber colour with a slightly hazy body and is topped with a fairly large looking, three centimetre tall head that is foamy and white. Retention wise the beer isn’t a bad one, particularly for a double IPA with the head gradually fading to settle about half its original size after a minute or so.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a fresh smelling beer but not overwhelmingly hoppy, at least initially anyway. This one had quite a lot of pine and grapefruit notes coming through alongside some caramel sweetness that helped balance things out early on. There was some nice touches of alcohol in there as well but these were quite minimal for the most part with some floral notes distracting you some. The beer was certainly a bitter one but there was enough malts to stop things overpowering and I managed to detect some nice biscuit notes before some mango and various other tropical fruits seen things out.
Taste (8/10): Slightly more hoppy than the nose with a nice resinous pine taste that has a floral edge to it. There’s plenty of grapefruit coming through with a citrus backing before some biscuit malts and a caramel sweetness start to make themselves known. There is some alcohol making an appearance around the middle with some tropical fruits right at the end that matches the nose well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and medium bodied with plenty of bitterness coming through and some nice sweetness off the back of it to even things out and keep things balanced. There is touches of alcohol coming through but nothing too strong or overpowering. The palate is quite clean and crisp with a lingering aftertaste but overall the beer went down easily.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice and surprisingly well balanced double IPA, the beer wasn’t as hoppy or in your face as I’d been expecting going in but there was some nice pine bitterness and tropical fruits coming through. The taste was a good combination of hops backed up with some mango, citrus and pine before some sweet malts and biscuit flavours started to make an appearance. Whilst not the absolute best from the style I’ve tried the beer was certainly up there and it’s one I wouldn’t mind trying again if I had the chance.

Brewed In: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 8.5%
Serving: Can (475ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £4.80

Bengali

July 27, 2015 1 comment

Rating: 3.8

My fourth beer from New York’s Sixpoint brewery now and another can from them, this time I’ll be reviewing their Bengali which is a reworking of their Bengali Tiger American IPA that I reviewed here previously. This particular beer was only introduced last summer (2014) after the aforementioned Bengali Tiger was retired after first being brewed back in 1999. This one is an “enhanced Sixpoint IPA formulation” and one that uses “a blend of new hop strains” to give the beer 69 IBU’s but in truth I’m not expecting anything all that different from the can on Bengali Tiger I tried early last year; let’s see if that’s the case.

Bengali

Appearance (4/5): Copper tinged amber with a clear body and a thin, foamy white head on top that doesn’t seem quite as good as that on the Bengali Tiger I poured last year. but still looks nice, covering the surface well with touches of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Similar to its predecessor but slightly more sweet, there is quite a lot of resinous pine early on with some strong hops coming through as well. There’s some nice grapefruit & floral notes with touches of alcohol showing and a nice amount of caramel towards the end.
Taste (7/10): Floral tasting initially with some good background fruits, most notably some orange and citrus with some grapefruit and various tropical flavours coming through as well. This was followed by some pine hops before the caramel from the nose came through and added a little sweetness; again there was some light alcohol at the end as well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth on the palate and refreshing despite the strong bitterness. The beer had carbonation levels falling somewhere around light-medium and there was a sticky sweetness towards the end along with faint alcohol grains.

Overall (16/20): This one, as expected, was a very similar beer to the can of Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint that I tried just over a year ago with the only difference seeming to be the look of the beer when I poured it; this one wasn’t quite up to its predecessors high standard but it still done the job. Again this one was quite bitter with some strong, resinous pine and the odd tropical fruit coming through with some touches of sweetness and faint alcohol at the end. Quite an enjoyable beer and one that I’ll go back to again no doubt, although it just seems like a Bengali Tiger to me really.

Brewed In: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Sixpoint Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: The Society Room (JD Wetherspoons), Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £1.99

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

July 15, 2015 1 comment

Rating: 3.45

This one will be my third beer from the Evil Twin brewery but the first from them that I’ll be listing as an American offering with the other two, their Yang double IPA and their Yellow Cab Lager, both listed as Danish beers since that’s where the brewery was originally based. To confuse matters further, Evil Twin is a gypsy brewery and there beers are brewed at various locations around the world but this one does appear to have been brewed near their HQ in New York. This one is actually a beer that I’ve been looking to try for some time now, I regularly see people posting pictures of it on Instagram and the can looks pretty cool too. I finally managed to grab a can of Hipster Ale when I spotted it in Brewdog’s BottleDog shop in London on a visit there last month and though it best to drink it sooner rather than later.

Hipster Ale

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a nice and bright golden amber with a fairly large, two and a half centimetre tall head that’s white and quite foamy looking. It gradually reduces in size over the opening minute or so but thankfully not by much and there is plenty of lacing left on the sides of the glass as it goes down some.
Aroma (6/10): Quite light on the nose with some grassy hops and a subtle touch of citrus, the beer almost seems like a pilsner on the nose early on with little of the hops that I had been anticipating going in. There’s some bread malts and a hint of biscuit with the odd floral note sneaking through as well as a tiny bit of sweetness towards the end but I felt the aroma was a bit of a let down, particularly for an American pale ale style beer.
Taste (6/10): Matching the nose closely, this one kicks off with some bread malts and a bit of biscuit alongside some solid citrus and floral flavours with some grassy hops following on behind. There’s definitely more hops coming through than there was with the taste but still not quite as many as I’d expected, I got some subtle pine in there as well. There is a light bitterness with some spice accompanying it towards the end before a faint sweetness sees things out.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and very smooth, the beer is moderately carbonated with a slight tang from the citrus and a crisp, dry end. The beer was very easy to drink, partially down to the good balance of flavours with a touches of bitterness towards the end.

Overall (13/20): I’m not sure what to think of this one really, on the one hand as an American pale ale it’s not a particularly good beer at all but if I’d been told going in that it was pilsner I’d possibly be inclined to rate it a tiny bit higher. It was a drinkable beer and an easy one to finish at that but I was definitely expecting more hops to come through and for it to pack slightly more of a punch; a nice enough beer but nothing to write home about and definitely not one that I’ll be likely to pick up again.

Brewed In: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing
First Brewed: 2012
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: BottleDog (London)
Price: £3.20

Brooklyn Blast!

February 27, 2015 1 comment

Rating: 3.45

This bottle is one of three American beers that I picked up from Good Spirits Co. in Glasgow recently, the other two being Founders beers that I will review here at some point in the near future. Seeing as this one was the only IPA of the bunch, the other two being dark beers, I’ve decided to give this one a go while it is still relatively fresh. The beer will be my eleventh from the Brooklyn Brewery and my first since I tried their Summer Ale in May last year, I do believe this one will be the first double IPA from them I will have tried though. When I spotted the beer in the shop recently I had initially assumed it was a new (of at least relatively new) Brooklyn offering that had made its way to the UK but as it turns out the beer was first brewed ten years ago and this is just the first time I’ve spotted it anywhere on these shores and it’s definitely on that I’m looking forward to now that I have a bottle.

Brooklyn Blast!

Appearance (4/5): This one pours quite a light looking and cloudy yellow to amber and is topped with a small, quarter centimetre tall head that is made up of small, foamy bubbles and fades to a fine lacing across most of the surface after about forty-five seconds.
Aroma (8/10): Quite fruity on the nose with a lot of apricot coming through early on to accompany the abundance of hops and floral notes that kick things off. There is a real tropical style aroma to this one with citrus hops and lemon making an appearance as well. It seemed quite lively on the nose with some fresh pine and grassy hops with a hint of malt coming through right at the end; definitely a good smelling beer and one that I’m looking forward to trying.
Taste (6/10): The taste is kicked off with a lot of pine and hoppy bitterness, there is a huge amount of dried apricot as well and some of the citrus and lemon from the nose features too. There is an almost sourness to proceedings with quite a tropical taste that had some oranges, grapefruit and hints of pineapple in there as well.
Palate (3/5): A light-medium bodied beer that seemed quite tangy and very well carbonated, perhaps this could have been toned down some but it isn’t anything that’s likely to ruin the beer. There was a sourness to the beer in places and to be honest I didn’t feel the balance of this one was all that good really but it was certainly a bitter one throughout.

Overall (13/20): This was a beer that started out really well for me, there was a lot of tropical fruits on the nose and plenty of hops too but when it came to the taste I felt it was all over the place with too much sourness and the hops being overpowered by the apricot and citrus flavours. The beer still remained drinkable but it was a real let down after smelling the beer, the balance seemingly off a little and a body that felt over-carbonated into the bargain.

Brewed In: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
First Brewed: 2005
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 8.4%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £4.80

Sainsbury’s Tap Room IPA

Rating: 2.8

This one was a bit of a random purchase just so I had a beer to drink as I watched some of the World Cup recently and this was one of two beers in Sainsbury’s that I hadn’t already tried, the other being an American pale ale version of this beer. From a quick search on the internet, it looks possible that this beer is brewed by Genesee Brewing Company and sold under numerous different names. The label also mentions the beer was brewed by the  Tap Room Brewing Co. but I assume that’s just to give the beer a name that roles off the tongue easier. I’m not sure what to expect from this one, it looked the part in the shop and I’ve been close to picking it up on a few occasions in the past but ever online review I’ve seen has given the beer a pretty damning report. I’m hoping this one proves a decent offering though and if it does then I’ll probably be looking to pick up the American pale ale version from Sainbury’s in the near future.
Sainsbury's Tap Room IPA

Appearance (3/5): A very clear looking, medium amber colour with a large, two-fingers tall, foamy and slightly off-white head that has some bubbles in it. The head holds for about forty-five seconds then reduces in size to sit about half a centimetre tall after that.
Aroma (5/10): Not the strongest smelling beer but some biscuit malts and a few hints of citrus come through initially. There is some faint hops and touches of bitterness that follow but to be honest the aroma of this one is pretty basic and unexciting really.
Taste (6/10): Some bitterness and biscuit flavours kick things off, closely followed but some subtle hops and a few hints of spice. Towards the end I thought I could detect the odd off-flavour but the taste was at least a slight improvement on the nose.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and quite bitter with a slight fizz to proceedings, the beer also has medium carbonation and seems quite smooth, at least initially. Despite the best efforts from the nose and the taste, the beer was quite easy to drink but the bitterness did seem a little strong and unbalanced, particularly towards the end of the beer.

Overall (10/20): Quite a poor offering really and to be honest I should have known better than to pick this one up, especially considering it worked out more expensive than a lot of better, well-known craft beers Sainsbury’s was also selling. The beer was very English IPA in style with more in the way of malts than hops, that coupled with the overly bitter finish means that this one isn’t a beer I’ll be picking up again.

Brewed In: Rochester, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Genesee Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2012
Full Name: Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Tap Room IPA
Type: English IPA
Abv: 6.3%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Sainsbury’s (Glasgow)
Price: £1.90