Holy Hoppin' Hell by Weird Beard

Monday, 24 October 2016

Beer Name: Holy Hoppin' Hell

Brewer: Weird Beard Brew Co., London, UK

Date Sampled: 24th October 2016

ABV: 9.5%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Double IPAs! They are taking over, especially in the The States, and it's a style that is clearly becoming more and more popular. If you mention the words Heady Topper or Pliny the Elder to any craft beer aficionado and their eyes will widen and pools of saliva will gather at the corner of their mouths, even if they haven't tried them (which includes me). The hop heavy fruitiness that these American style DIPAs offer are proving increasingly popular and some UK producers are doing an excellent job at reaching (and sometimes exceeding depending on your own point of view) what is being done across the Atlantic.

Cloudwater's stunning DIPA series is the obvious example, but nearer to home I'm still raving about Southsea Brewing's Heavy Artillery to anyone that will listen.

The next one up for me to taste is Holy Hoppin' Hell, a DIPA from London based brewer Weird Beard. They only started brewing in 2013 and whilst I haven't seen any of their beers being sold in pubs locally to me, they are gaining a reputation for dropping hoppy masterpieces.

Holy Hoppin' Hell looks the DIPA part when poured, with a cloudy golden colour and a small white head that disappears rather quickly.

The nose is everything you'd hope for, with a heavy dose of mango and apricot dominating. It certainly entices you in!

On tasting the fruit does not follow through as strong as I'd expected, instead a booming bitterness cuts into the back of your mouth in a hugely satisfying way, which along with a beautifully silky mouth feel makes this a joy to drink.

Holy Hoppin' Hell does not offer the ferocious fruit burst that the likes of Cloudwater have become famous for, but in their own way Weird Beard have brewed a DIPA that brings huge hoppy goodness and delivers it in a less subtle but still very enjoyable way.

With the excellence already available in the world of DIPA's Holy Hoppin' Hell is no world beater, but that does not make it a bad beer. In fact far from it; I loved it and I'll definitely drink it again.


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