BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: English IPA
IPA with Magnum and Dr. Rudi hops. 5.2% ABV.
OUR BREWVIEW ON STU BREW’S extended overdraught ipa
Poured at a light to medium golden color with an easy 2-finger, white colored head that is dense with large and small bubbles.
After 3-4 minutes, it did collapse down to a 1/2″ head with some patchy lacework on the sides of the tulip shaped glass. But this is not too interruptive, as we would expect it to react as such.
The meniscus again for an ale that is only 5.2% ABV is well defined, and impressive. Quite an great achievement, indeed.
This is where English IPA’s differentiate themselves from their American (uber hopped) counterparts. This ale does not need to smack you over the head with an exorbitant amount of hops to prove its worth. It has a great balance of the magnum hops and the Dr. Rudi hops- whatever that hop bill is!
Classic British, buttery, diacetyl flavors, very faint in the butterscotch, big malt flavors and wheat flavors. The dry hopping is done to a level where it compliments the malt / grain bill. There are faint marzipan flavors dancing with the hops. Nicely done.
Moderate bitterness in the hops, the malt bill / hops does definitely beg you for that next sip as this is a very sessionable beer, indeed. It reminds me taking that jaunt out to the West and meeting up with your mates to enjoy a long afternoon…
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
Salads with fresh hop shoots. Great Northumberlandia or Brinkburn cheese.
Classic fish & chips with salt crisps. Pie, Peas and mash.
There is a distinct difference between British IPA’s and American IPA’s. The first thing that comes to mind when we describe the two is the American IPA and it’s hop bitterness that wishes to bash you over the head is like taking the DUKES OF HAZZARD / GENERAL LEE 69′ Dodge Charger on a jump over a creek, versus a nice gentle boat ride on the river Tyne.
But you can figure that out for yourselves. We enjoyed this one very much, and it had all the classic tasting notes of a great British IPA- we were not in lack with this one. We’ve had quite a few of them over the years, and this meets the established classics shoulder to shoulder like a good rugby scrum.
Super duper sessionable, enjoy this over great conversation about whatever comes to mind. We’re not going to pretend to know any Newcastle slang here… you can add what you’d like. But it would be interesting to hear what engineering chat is about after a few… just sayin’.
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