Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Beer Tasting: Hackney American IPA

Bottom line, this is a malt-led IPA that varies quite significantly from the current wave of drier, more hop-forward beers currently coming out of most new-age London breweries.

I sourced this bottle from Kris Wines.

It pours perfectly clear (also a way to set yourself apart from many London breweries!), pale amber with a frothy, off-white head. The aroma has lots of bready malts, hints of creamy toffee, and ripe orange. The flavor is medium sweet with a dominant malt character, some doughy brown bread, lightly toasted sugars, subtle toffee, mild ripe orange, melon. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with further bready malts abounding, berries, caramel, orange, faint grapefruit, more melon. It’s tasty stuff and certainly malt-forward. If you like your IPAs on the sweeter side and not overly stuffed with hops, this could be your beer. (Score: 3.5/5.0)

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