Maybe One More PSI by Verdant

Thursday, 29 June 2017
Maybe One More PSI by Verdant
Thursday, 29 June 2017

Beer Name: Maybe One More PSI

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

Date Sampled:  27th June 2017

ABV: 8%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

There can be no doubting that Verdant are one of the form British breweries right now, dropping hazy hop bombs that have sent shockwaves around the craft beer world.

In 2017 alone I have enjoyed Pulp, High Level Kink, Even Sharks Need Water and last but definitely not least Putty... which is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had.

So next up is Maybe One More PSI, another DIPA from the genius Cornish pixies and it's another great beer.

It has an appealing hazy orange appearance, almost marmalade like in colour, and a lively white head that offers some lacing.

The nose is full of apricot, mango, pithy grapefruit and resinous pine.

When you first sip it the dominant flavour is sweet fresh orange and apricot but appropriately for the appearance, it then becomes more akin to a bitter sticky marmalade, with that pithy citrus rind coming through strongly from the nose, along with a dollop of pine resin. Then on the finish there's a warmth which seems to come both from the fresh hops and the hefty ABV.

Maybe One More PSI is not as balanced as Putty, and is possibly a little more 'in your face' thanks to the punchy flavours but that is no bad thing. It's another great DIPA from Verdant and offers an alternative to any drinkers who need more that pure tropical fruit juice bombs to tickle their palate.




Humuloid by Beavertown

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Humuloid by Beavertown
Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Beer Name: Humuloid DIPA

Brewer: Beavertown Brewery, London, UK

Date Sampled:  26th June 2017

ABV: 8%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Another day, another Beavertown beer! After being a little bit wowed by their collaboration with Lervig, today it's the turn of their solo DIPA, Humuloid.

And it's another great beer!

This New England Style DIPA looks the part; it pours a creamy yellow with a lovely haze. It almost looks like egg nog!

With the amount of pineapple, mango and papaya on the nose you'd think you were smelling Umbungo, but then there's just enough sticky pine and sharp green onion to bring you back to beer.

Thanks to a heavy dose of oats in the brew Humuloid has a creamy and rich mouthfeel.

All of the tropical fruits zing and burst into the taste, along with fresh cut grass, sticky pine and that onion sharpness that helps to make these heavily hopped DIPAs so flavourful. After all of that there's dryness and lip smacking bitterness on the finish that makes the whole package incredibly satisfying.

Humuloid is an absolutely outstanding DIPA (it's right up there with a Cloudwater) and I'm so pleased that I've got another can of it in the fridge.





M.A.D. by Beavertown and Lervig

Monday, 26 June 2017
M.A.D. by Beavertown and Lervig
Monday, 26 June 2017

Beer Name: M.A.D. Double IPA

Brewer: Beavertown Brewery, London, UK and Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Stavanger, Norway

Date Sampled:  10th June 2017

ABV: 9.5%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Beavertown, one of the forefathers of modern British craft brewing, have caught a bit of flack recently for a perceived lack of creativity, some question marks around consistency in their core range and some issues in availability. That being said, I've had a handful of their beers in the last twelve months that have really impressed me (Tropigamma and Spresso Stout) and Neck Oil remains one of my favourite fridge fillers.

Lervig on the other hand are a Scandinavian  brewery riding the crest of a hoppy wave and their Tasty Juice IPA is one of the stand out beers of 2017.

The joint pedigree suggested that this collaboration was going to be good and when I saw some early positive reviews I didn't hesitate to place an order.

And I'm glad that I did.

It pours a deep orange, wonderfully hazy with not much of a head.

The aroma is chock full of ripe soft fruits, with mango, pineapple and apricot all front and centre.

All of those fresh fruit flavours are present in the taste, with a wonderfully satisfying dry finish and barely a hint of the hefty ABV.

If it had a little more body this would be, in my opinion, right up there as one of the beers of the year.

Beavertown and Lervig have knocked together a crazily good DIPA here... you'd be mad to miss it!







Call Your Friends by Weird Beard and Time & Tide

Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Call Your Friends by Weird Beard and Time & Tide
Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Beer Name: Call Your Friends

Brewer: Weird Beard Brew Co., London, UK and Time and Tide Brewing, Deal, Kent, London, UK

Date Sampled: 5th June 2017

ABV: 9.7%

Serving Type: Bottle

Location Sampled: Home

Hot on the heels of White Cell (which I loved and you can read my review here) comes Call Your Friends, the second half of the collaboration between Weird Beard and Time & Tide.

Black IPA is a style that I hadn't even heard of this time last year but since then I have enjoyed several including Northern Rock's Dark Arches. But just when you think you've got your head around a certain genre of beer along come two forward thinking English breweries who not only decide to make their Black IPA into a double, but then think it's a good idea to dump a load of coffee into it!

That'll never work right?..... Wrong! It's bloody brilliant.

Once poured you'd be forgiven for thinking that it was a boozy double stout; it's almost jet black with a relatively heavy body and a think vanilla coloured head that sticks around well.

But things get turned around when you suck up the aroma, with fresh citrusy grapefruit and orange zinging up your nostrils.

The taste is complex but balanced. The fresh citrus is dominant up front, then there's a hint of roasted dark malts, a bit hit of bitter coffee and then an aftertaste full of grapefruit pithiness.

When I read all of that back and try and digest it in my mind it really shouldn't work but thankfully you don't drink this in your brain; my taste buds loved it!

I've been hugely impressed with both of these Weird Beard/Time & Tide collaborations and can't recommend them enough.






White Cell by Time & Tide and Weird Beard

Monday, 5 June 2017
White Cell by Time & Tide and Weird Beard
Monday, 5 June 2017

Beer Name: White Cell

Brewer: Time and Tide Brewing, Deal, Kent, London, UK and Weird Beard Brew Co., London, UK

Date Sampled: 5th June 2017

ABV: 9.7%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Regular readers of the blog will be fully aware of my love for Time and Tide; a relatively young brewery who have consistently impressed me with their approach to beer making, especially Kraken, Spratwaffler and Domino. Weird Beard, another brewery very much in the 'modern craft' realm of producers have also established themselves with their quality and innovation; Holy Hoppin' Hell is a punchy DIPA that I loved and 7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower wins marks for being an inventive beer and having probably the coolest name in the industry!

So I couldn't help but get excited when I heard that the two breweries were collaborating and I became positively giddy when I received an early pre release package of the two beers.

I'll review 'Call Your Friends' tomorrow but tonight will concentrate on White Cell, an imperial white stout.

It pours a deep amber colour, slightly hazy, with a bright white head that laces wonderfully; it almost looks like a bitter in the glass.

The nose is stunning. Vanilla, rich cocoa, burnt caramel and fresh ground coffee are all present.

Thankfully all of those aromas follow though into the flavour. The creamy vanilla and burnt caramel are first up, followed by a bitter finish of dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. It's like having a crème brulee followed by a very posh mocha!

The almost double figure ABV is completely hidden beneath the amazing depth of flavour and, along with the smooth mouth feel, ensures that the total package is one of luxury.

The first part of this collaboration between Time & Tide and Weird Beard is a definite success and White Cell is definitely one to pick up when it goes on general release on 16th June... pop back tomorrow to see my review of part two.





Hazemaker by Northern Monk, Verdant & Deya

Friday, 2 June 2017
Hazemaker by Northern Monk, Verdant & Deya
Friday, 2 June 2017

Beer Name: Hazemaker

Brewer: Northern Monk Brew Co., Leeds, England; Verdant Brewing Co., Falmouth, Cornwall, England; Deya Brewing Company, Cheltenham, England

Date Sampled: 1st June 2017

ABV: 7.4%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

When I heard that Northern Monk, Verdant and Deya were collaborating on an IPA I knew I had to get hold of a can. All three have already produced beers this year that have a good chance of featuring in my top ten of 2017; Northern Monk's Passion Fruit Lassi IPA was bonkers but brilliant; Verdant's Putty was a stonking NE style IPA; Deya's Into the Haze is one of the most crushable beers I've ever had.

So is Hazemaker a knock out?

Well the artwork certainly is! The Northern Monk Patrons Project is becoming renowned for stunning can design and Hazemaker is no different. In fact this vintage style image of two moustachioed boxers by Jon Simmons is one of the best beer labels I've ever seen.

Sadly the beer inside was slightly disappointing.....

It looks great in the glass, not actually as hazy as I was expecting but a lovely light orange colour and a bright white head that laces well.

The aroma is as you would hope; fresh mango, apricot and grapefruit stand out, but there's also a slight yeasty undercurrent that I found a little jarring.

It does have a really smooth body and feels lovely in the mouth.

But it's on tasting that things don't quite live up to expectations; the aroma has you bracing for an uppercut of fruit juice flavours but it's more of a pawing jab... elements of grapefruit and then apricot do follow through from the nose but it's more delicate than I both expected and hoped for. It has a reasonably dry finish and there is very little evidence of the 7.4% ABV.

Don't misunderstand me, Hazemaker is a good IPA and it is incredibly crushable. But when these three breweries got together I was expecting magic....the result for me was somehow less than the sum of all of it's parts. And when you consider the standard of beers being turned out in the UK at the moment, especially but Northern Monk, Verdant and Deya, a beer needs more than a great label to really stand out.







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