Just like you, but different
What started out as a little bit of fun quickly became the favourite of many die hard ale fans and has become permanent. Probably best described stylistically as a Californian IPA, this beer has all the rich malt and fruit flavours of a Barley Wine combined with the hoppy crispness of a Pale Ale. And as best said by one of its biggest fans, “Hoppiness = Happiness.”
The Man at Hopscotch Beer Co said ‘decant’ this before drinking as it’ll have sediment and be cloudy.
I’m fair looking forward to this.
Really get the hops aroma on opening. Nicely Golden, well carbonated pour with a thin, disappearing head. Serious aroma of hops on the pour, but also other background notes too, making it intriguing.
Surprisingly not as bitter and a lot softer and fluffier in the mouth than I would have expected. That brought a smile to my face. No hint at all that this is at the slightly higher end of alcohol than other beers.
The palate is of grassiness, and there might be grapefruit, and if you stretch it passionfruit, or oranges, or both, and lemon maybe.
It is very well balanced, and has a terrific length of taste. As it warms and settles in the glass there is a lot more character being delivered, and a much wider taste profile in this that the initial mouthful or two give up.
The pdubyah-o-meter or course loves it. MrsPdubyah has commented that I must like it as I’m humming to myself. For that reason the 10 is well deserved. Yes it’s bottle conditioned, but it is a tad cloudy. I wouldn’t either note that this reminded me of a barley wine. But there are some spectacular barley wine beers available so to try to cover more then one base seems a stretch.
It continues to be nicely hoppy as I drink more, and to leave a pleasant bitterness in the mouth, there is a lot to like about this. and a lot to continue to like about it as you drink more. To use a favourite phrase of mine – it’s a bit good.
I can see how this has won awards, and a lot of them and this has brought a smile to my dial.
Oh and I did take the advice of the man in the shop, sort of, careful pouring leaves the sediment in the bottle. On the downside, again, just the one bottle, I’d be happy to surround myself with these and have a big night in, it’s that good.
On a final note, (or two) – despite the atrocious English Ales that I had the misfortune of buying recently, this has reinforced that nothing is as good as an English Bitter beer, (Well apart from a few other beer styles that I like as well) and you perhaps know that I really like the Newport USA based Rogue OREgasmic Ale as a go to IPA on the nights when you need a bit of comfort, HAving said that honestly if these two were on the shelf, and I had to make a choice….. I’d have to buy…..