DIPA V11 by Cloudwater

Friday, 27 January 2017

Beer Name: DIPA V11

Brewer: Cloudwater Brew Co., Manchester, England

Date Sampled:  27th January 2017

ABV: 9%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

I don't think amongst the UK craft beer scene there are many beers with the reputation of Cloudwater's double IPA, or DIPA as it is known. Cloudwater's first DIPA, or V1, was released on 7th November 2015 to commemorate a year in their brewery. The response to this hoppy masterpiece was overwhelming, with drinkers calling for more, so V2 to was created to celebrate their first full year of brewing. Again the beer was generally accepted to be truly special and before anyone knew what hit them, regular versions were flying out of the Cloudwater Brewery in Manchester.

One of the few DIPA's from this side of the Atlantic that is said to compare well with the East Coast American juice bombs, Cloudwater are onto V11 of what they now intend to be a monthly release.

This is only the second Cloudwater DIPA that I have tried, having previously sampled (and been very impressed) with V4 after finding a bottle in the Meat and Barrel in Southsea. I hadn't initially intended to order a bottle of V11 this time around, but after seeing the glowing reviews on instagram last night I was having serious DIPA envy. So you can imagine how excited I was when I popped into the Leopold Tavern today and saw six precious bottles sat in the fridge. I only grabbed one bottle (I didn't dare ask for two) but suffice to say I don't think they'll be there long!

So how good is it?

Well it's bloody brilliant!

In the glass is does look like an orange juice, with a thick opaque yellow haze that glows if you look at with a light behind it. It has a very small white head that hangs around nicely with subtle lacing.

The nose is an absolute fruit fest, with pineapple, mango and orange all dominating along with a slight citrus pithiness.

The extra oats that have been added to V11 gives this DIPA a beautifully smooth and satisfying mouth feel.

All the fruits follow through into the taste, along with some resinous pine which helps to remind you that this is a beer you're drinking, not a juice. It's chock full of hops and you can almost feel the saliva being sucked out of you taste buds at the back of your tongue, giving it a lovely lip smacking quality. Then there's just a hint of booze on the finish, as if to warn you that this beer that just screams to be drunk is actually 9% ABV.

As I've mentioned on previous blogs, it can be easy to covet the hoppy double IPAs that the breweries of East Coast USA are turning out, but this can't be at the risk of overlooking what the UK has to offer. I've drunk some amazing double IPAs in the past six months, especially Northern Monk's Double Heathen and Southsea Brewing's Heavy Artillery. Without a side by side tasting of those two alongside DIPA V11 I can't tell you which is best.

But what I can tell you is that Cloudwater's DIPA V11 is an outstanding beer, one of the best I've ever tasted and I'm really glad that I got the chance to try it.

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