This is Cloudwater’s third Double IPA (DIPA), the first and second having received rave reviews from all who drank them.
This one majors on Citra hops, that first crossed my path with Oakham’s ‘Citra‘ a couple of years ago.
That said, there’s more than Citra in there, the labels lists Pilgrim Alpha CO2 Extract for bittering, with Citra, Chinook, Comet and Mosaic for aroma. The malts are Golden Promise and Dextrose Monohydrate, and the yeast is Vermont.
The nose is slightly dryer than Cloudwater’s ‘ordinary’ – although with four and a half ‘Brewclub Stars’ (above) it’s far from ‘ordinary’.
Again it’s bottle conditioned, so it poured cloudy for the camera, but clear a few days later after it had settled. A rich apricot colour.
The nose is predominantly dry, but with overtones of mango.
The flavour is deep, musky and then you get the rush of exotic citrus. Once again, mango, mandarin, ripe apricot and orange.
And then the 9% alcohol makes its presence felt, this is a potent brew.
Not quite as potent or exotic as Thornbridge’s Jaipur ‘X’ but an extremely pleasant and potent brew.
A brew to be treated with respect.
Five Brewclub Stars
The name ‘Cloudwater’, incidentally, is a literal translation of the Zen Buddhist term ‘unsui’, taken from a Chinese poem “To drift like clouds and flow like water.”
Thus, obstacles to be overcome are parted like clouds; and flowed around like water.