High Level Kink by Verdant

Saturday, 29 April 2017
High Level Kink by Verdant
Saturday, 29 April 2017

Beer Name: High Level Kink

Brewer: Verdant Brewing Co., Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Date Sampled:  29th April 2017

ABV: 4.8%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Another day, another awesome Verdant beer. Hot on the heels of my review of Putty, their amazing DIPA, comes High Level Kink.

A pale ale at 4.8% this beer is definitely more towards the 'session' end of the spectrum but thankfully still comes in a large 440ml can.

In the glass it has a hazy appearance and a dull orange colour with no discernible head. In looks it is very reminiscent of a grapefruit juice and this is echoed in the nose, where sharp citrus bitterness blends nicely with sticky pine.

It is light bodied with a reasonable amount of carbonation.

The grapefruit from the nose follows through strongly into the taste and that sticky resinous pine really hits home too. The finish is then citrus bitterness, leaving your taste buds ready and waiting for more.

High Level Kink isn't as jaw droppingly mind blowing as Putty, but it is a superb sessionable pale ale. If you give me fridge stocked full of cans of this I'd be a happy man!







Noa by Omnipollo

Noa by Omnipollo


Beer Name: Lorelei

Brewer: Omnipollo, Stockholm, Sweden

Date Sampled:  25th April 2017

ABV: 11%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Swedish brewers Omnipollo are responsible (or part responsible in some cases) for some my favourite ever beers. Yellow Belly, Lorelei and Texas Pecan are all amazing dark beers that blew me away.

Noa Pecan Mud has been on my wish list for a long time so I grabbed a bottle when spotting it recently in stock at Beergium.

This Imperial Stout pours a glossy jet black with a fudge coloured head that laces well.

The nose is pecan, vanilla, sticky caramel and dark cocoa.

It has a lovely smooth creamy luxurious mouth feel.

The taste is superb; vanilla and pecan come first, followed by rich dark chocolate, a bold boozy finish and then a burnt caramel after taste. It's like pudding in a glass!

Omnipollo are absolute masters when it comes to brewing imperial stouts packed with flavour and Noa is no exception. It's a cracking beer and one that I'll definitely drink again.




Putty by Verdant

Friday, 28 April 2017
Putty by Verdant
Friday, 28 April 2017

Beer Name: Putty

Brewer: Verdant Brewing Co., Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Date Sampled:  28th April 2017

ABV: 8%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Verdant have done it again! This small batch brewer based all the way down in the small Cornish town of Falmouth are fast becoming renowned for their hop heavy hazy creations, even being mentioned in the same breath as some of the finest US producers of NE style IPAs and DIPAs.

Pulp, a DIPA from their core range, is one of the best beers I've had this year and I've been itching to try more from Verdant.

Putty is a limited edition DIPA that many have said was one of the highlights of the recent Hop City event in Leeds. This can was one of three Verdant beers that I ordered from The Bottle Bank after missing out on the brewery's own website.

It is a lovely rich burnt orange colour, with a cloudy haze and very little head.

The aroma is like a fresh fruit salad; mango and pineapple mix wonderfully with a grapefruit citrus bitterness.

The mouth feel is smooth and soft with little carbonation.

Then the taste.... wow! The mango dominates upfront, there's a hint of pine and the finish is fresh citrus, with just the right amount of grapefruit bitterness to cause that little twitch at the back of your jaw.

There is barely a hint of alcohol, which is slightly worrying as the smooth mouth feel, bold fruit flavours and lip smacking bitterness makes Putty scarily crushable.

I've been lucky enough to enjoy many of the recent British brewed NE style IPAs and DIPAs and Putty rivals the best of them.

Verdant are producing magic in their little Cornish corner of brewing wizardry and I can't wait to see how far they can go... great things await.




Un-Human Cannonball by Magic Rock

Monday, 24 April 2017
Un-Human Cannonball by Magic Rock
Monday, 24 April 2017

Beer Name: Un-Human Cannonball

Brewer: Magic Rock Brewing, Hudersfield, England

Date Sampled: 24th April 2017

ABV: 11%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Hot on the heels of my review of the awesome Human Cannonball, it's time for its bigger brother Un-Human Cannonball. Magic Rock have taken no prisoners with this Triple IPA, turning the ABV all the way up to 11%. But by cranking up the strength have they sacrificed the amazing balance of it's more reserved stable mate?

The short answer would be yes... but whether that is a bad thing depends on your point of view.

It pours a lovely hazy deep burnt orange, with no noticeable head.

The nose is a potent mix of over ripe mango, pineapple and bitter orange.

The mouth feel is lighter than I'd expected, with a slightly slick feel, and there is no real carbonation.

The mango comes through strongly in the taste, with plenty of malts and sticky pine, and when drunk straight from the fridge there is only a hint of the high ABV.

However as Un-Human Cannonball warms slightly so does the temperature in your throat as you drink. It isn't a full on alcohol burn, but there is definitely a boozy warmth to the after taste. This, along with the tropical fruit flavours, had me reminiscing about student nights drinking Passoã and orange juice.

Un-Human Cannonball is a bold bit of brewing that, whilst you wouldn't want to drink it every night, is a boozy sipper of a beer packed full of flavour. It's a little bit bonkers, but I love it.




Human Cannonball by Magic Rock

Friday, 14 April 2017
Human Cannonball by Magic Rock
Friday, 14 April 2017

Beer Name: Human Cannonball

Brewer: Magic Rock Brewing, Hudersfield, England

Date Sampled: 14th April 2017

ABV: 9.2%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

And the hop train continues! Hot on the heels of some phenomenally juicy beer reviews (Tasty Juice, Hop City, Pulp, V13) it's time for the latest from one of the trailblazers of UK craft beer, Magic Rock.

Released together, Double IPA Human Cannonball and Triple IPA Un-Human Cannonball have generated a lot of interest across social media and when The Beer Musketeer got some in stock there was no way I wasn't going to buy both.

Starting with Human Cannonball, it looks every part the NE IPA; all hazy burnt orange and small white head.

It has a very powerful aroma, with pulpy mango, sweet fresh orange and a nice hint of pine.

Human Cannonball feels wonderful in your mouth, the medium body and lack of carbonation giving it a lovely smoothness.

It tastes brilliant, the mango is up first, followed by sticky resinous pine before a finish which is dominated by super pithy bitter grapefruit; so much so you're left with a slight tingle on your taste buds.

Whilst there's not much of the 9.2% ABV on show, this DIPA packs a serious punch. Not as subtle as some I've had recently but I love it.

Watch this space for a review on Un-Human Cannonball!








Tasty Juice by Lervig

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Tasty Juice by Lervig
Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Beer Name: Tasty Juice

Brewer: Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Stavanger, Norway

Date Sampled: 12th April 2017

ABV: 6%

Serving Type: Can

In a recent blog post I touched upon the strength of the craft beer market in Scandinavia. Levig, based in Stavanger, are one of Norway's most established and wide reaching beer exporters, with a huge range of core, seasonal and special release beers.

Tasty Juice is a double hopped IPA which has generated a huge amount of excitement, not surprising considering the buzz around hazy New England style IPAs.

There's no doubt that it looks the part; in the glass it is an opaque murky burnt orange with a small white head. My fiancée actually thought I was drinking a big glass of fresh juice.

The aroma is fresh soft fruit with mango and peach particularly prominent.

It has a medium body but very little carbonation, making it feel very smooth in the mouth.

The fruits carry through nicely into the flavour, but before things become too sweet a bold grapefruit pithy bitterness takes over, and it's that grapefruit that stays strong in the aftertaste. This jaw tightening bitterness just leaves you wanting to take another sip.

Tasty Juice is another of these new style IPAs that would baffle anyone not used to the genre; it may not taste like beer (at least as some people would recognise) but it's delicious and I could easily plough through a few cans of this!



Southern Star by Northern Monk

Monday, 10 April 2017
Southern Star by Northern Monk
Monday, 10 April 2017

Beer Name: Southern Star Vanilla Latte Porter

Brewer: Northern Monk Brew Co., Leeds, UK

Date Sampled:  10th April 2017

ABV: 5.9%

Serving Type: Can

Now the problem with going a little bit crazy with beer buying in the winter months is that when the spring rolls around and the sun comes out, you find yourself with a stash full of porters and stouts when all you're really craving is a chilled pale ale.

Thankfully one of those stouts that needed drinking was this Southern Star Vanilla Latte Porter by Leeds based Northern Monk.

Until my recent tasting of Time and Tide's Domino I hadn't tried a white stout or porter but I'm fast realising that it's a style I can definitely enjoy.

This effort from Northern Monk pours a lovely amber colour with a small white head; much like Domino it resembles a traditional English style bitter.

However the nose is anything but traditional. It has a creamy vanilla aroma, almost like a home made rice pudding, with just a hint of roasted coffee adding some depth.

It has a medium to heavy body with a small amount of carbonation, giving it a luxurious mouth feel.

That vanilla carries through strongly into the taste, the coffee is still there, but also evident is an almost burnt caramel bitterness.

Southern Star is lovely example of this new wave of white porters; it's packed full of flavour whilst remaining light and easy drinking. Forget what I said and the start of this review, this beer would taste great whatever the weather!







Hop City by Northern Monk & Cloudwater

Saturday, 8 April 2017
Hop City by Northern Monk & Cloudwater
Saturday, 8 April 2017

Beer Name: Hop City

Brewer: Northern Monk Brew Co., Leeds, England and Cloudwater Brew Co., Manchester, England

Date Sampled:  2nd April 2017

ABV: 9%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

There's no denying it... I'm gutted that I can't make it to Hop City. Hosted by Northern Monk across the Easter bank holiday weekend in their home city of Leeds, it is a hop heavy celebration of beer featuring some of the most forward thinking brewers from across the globe.. if you don't believe me take a look here!

Still, with the amazing range of beers available in the UK right now I can't stay sad long, especially after my local beer shop (The Beer Musketeer) managed to score some of this Hop City IPA. Brewed to be the official beer of this year's festival, Northern Monk have partnered themselves with Cloudwater and sourced the hops from YCH.

This IPA looks delightful; it's a rich ripe mango flesh colour and with it's haze it almost looks like a traditional cloudy cider.

The nose is chock full of fruits with peach, mango, apple and orange all present.

Thanks to the addition of oats and wheat this Hop City IPA has a lovely soft mouth feel.

And then the taste.. well I think it's great. The fruits are all still there up front but they don't linger long, instead hints of pine take this through into a pithy citrus bitterness followed by a very satisfying crisp dry finish.

With drinkers being swamped by juice bomb DIPAs it's important to appreciate each beer on it's own merits. This IPA is hugely satisfying and incredibly well balanced offering great depth of flavour in an incredibly drinkable package.

In may not be the most innovative beer in the world but if you stock my cool box with a load of this I'll be a very happy man!




Spratwaffler by Time and Tide

Friday, 7 April 2017
Spratwaffler by Time and Tide
Friday, 7 April 2017

Beer Name: Spratwaffler Pale Ale

Brewer: Time and Tide Brewing, Deal, Kent, London, UK

Date Sampled: 11th March 2017

ABV: 3.7%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

The term 'session beer' is one that has become incredibly common amongst both hardcore ale affeciandos and now more casual drinkers. Although there is no official definition it tends to refer to an easy drinking beer with an ABV somewhere between 3 and 5% ABV; i.e. a beer that you could drink right the way through a session. Happily thanks to some of the amazing brewing happening across the world today, opting for a lower ABV beer does not mean that you have to sacrifice taste or satisfaction and there are whole host of styles open to you.

Spratwaffler by Time and Tide is a pale ale that weighs in at only 3.7%, the epitome of sessionable. When poured it is a golden yellow, with a slight haze and no head.

The nose is incredibly fresh with hints of lemon and juicy mango.

The mango is still very evident on tasting, with pine leading into a satisfying bitter finish.

With light carbonation and body, along with the fruity but refreshing taste profile, Spratwaffler is a great little beer and straight from the fridge is an ideal session ale.












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