Monthly Archives: December 2014

A story on the lack of hop forward, non cost cutting, thinking out the box modern craft beer available in the best bitter, boring real ale brewing Uk

Im not normally one to go into a full on rant, but quite frankly, I couldn’t be more annoyed at how slow and pathetic this country of mine is at truely getting on board this so called craft beer revolution.  Why isn’t it being made more available?  Other than Brewdog, there is  no craft beer on our supermarket shelves other than what is imported from America.  I want to see the mass amounts of microbrewery beer on our beer shelves to be true craft beer, not the same old boring malt overdosed bitters, milds, brown ales and golden ales.  Dont get me wrong.  I dont mind the odd one, but come on.  Other than the pretty but typically boring old man type labelling theres not a lot to tell them all apart.  Its as if the directive to the brewer was clairty and head retention. Completly overlooking the small details of flavour and aroma.  Come on microbreweries of the Uk.  Put some hops in your beer for heavens sake.  Give us some flavour.  And dont any of you realise that there are more hops available around the world. You can try something new world for a change instead of the usual Kent Goldings, or First gold. Which by the way pack about as much flavour as a bucket of cigarette butts.  Dont they realise that people want more flavour in their beer.  I recognise blending hops for bittering compared to blending them for flavour, aroma and bittering is a completly different challenge.  Hence why beer that tastes amazing is known as ‘craft’ beer.  So get crafty. I beg you.  Look at Brewdog.  They claim to use 40 times the amount of hops compared to the majority of uk microbreweries.  Look at the success they have.  Its not just the hip image and branding that makes their beer popular, its actually because its un fucking believably good beer.  Take a lesson from them. And give us some other options.  Dont get me wrong there are exceptions to the rule on this rant.  I have a love for a good handfull of real craft breweries in this country.  The Kernal, Alechemy,  Meantime and Tiny rebel to name a few few.  You all know who Im talking about.  Some of my favourite microbreweries, Blacksheep for example,who make really wonderful real ales.  I feel a brewery of this nature could and should be producing a top class high hopped IPA and give us something different to the norm,something thats slaps you around the face in hop flavour and aroma.

My brew buddy and I probably use more hops in our 5gallon brews at home than some of the bigger renowned breweries use.  So come on.  Pull your finger out. And dilute the shelf full of malty brown water and fill in the spaces with something a little more crafty. 

Rant over. 

Flying Dog Brewery, Easy IPA

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Don’t you just love trying an American IPA for the first time.  Well if you don’t there must be something wrong with your head and you should probably get it checked, but anyway, I had the pleasure of sampling this fruity, juicy delight after work today. Fromthe Flying Dog brewery, USA!!  I liked that it came in a can.  Its well known that canning locks in the freshness of a beer so much better than a bottle can (excuse the lame pun),  and this sample did not let me down.  The spray of hop aroma on opening was wonderful.  Fresh, crisp, fruity bouquets filled my nose wonderfully.  Definite notes of apricot and tropical mango, mixed with zesty lemon and orange rounded out with a fresh spicy piney aroma.  Very delicious. Incredibly inviting.  The look of the beer after pouring could quench your thirst on its own.  A wonderful bright golden colour laying beneath a thick bright white head.  This beer gets top marks from me on aroma and appearance. 

The Flying Dog beer is not named ‘easy’ ipa for nothing.  It’s one of the freshed crisp beers I’ve tasted.  Very light bodied and a crisp dry finish.  I dont detect too much malty sweetness.  For me its all tropical citrus hoppiness.  Not a bad thing at all in my opinion being a huge hop head. You get that slightly bitter citrus zestiness, which is so refreshing.  Apricot is definatly a flavour I detect and your mouth gets a good hit of tropical fruit.  The finish is very clean and crisp leaving you feeling refreshed and wanting more.  They don’t brand this a session beer for nothing.  This beer would be great enjoyed sat in the sun with a group of friends and drinking it reminds you of summer sun and good times.

Very nice Flying Dog.  A nice 8/10 from me. 

Craft beer delivery arrived

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I had a rather fine delivery of craft ales today.  I will, without a doubt be posting a review or two from this selection.  If anyone would prefer a review of any particular beer in this picture.  Feel free to make a comment and I shall happily oblige. 

Needless to say I can’t wait to sampke the delights of them this weekend.  So please Friday,  hurry up and get here.