Having discovered Buxton Brewery, I’ve started exploring their various brews and trying to remember to take notes and photos for The Brewclub. Most of Buxton’s brews take their names from geographical features within the Peak District, Britain’s first national park. In this case the beer is named for ‘Axe Edge Moor’, home to the ‘Cat and Fiddle’, England’s second highest public house.
‘Axe Edge’ is brewed to a hearty 6.8% ABV, it used to be classed as a ‘double IPA’ but now is just IPA. I’m guessing that 7% ABV is now considered to be the ‘DoubleIPA’ breakpoint. It’s and hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops; the usual suspects then.
It pours a pale peach/apricot colour, slightly hazy when chilled – and this brew can tolerate some chilling – the head is polite, not effusive nor reluctant.
The nose is sharp, citrus, those hops showing though. Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Mango and even Tangerine, not just the usual hit of Grapefruit. Promising.
And the flavour doesn’t disappoint; oh my! It’s beautifully balanced, with bright citrus hoppy flavours over a subtle malt background. I detected Pineapple, Grapefruit, Peach and hints of Pine, it’s a real taste explosion, but not too hoppy; it doesn’t strip the enamel from your teeth.
It’s easy to forget you’re drinking 6.8%, in fact when I found it on draught in Manchester (at the excellent Port Street Beer House) they insist on only serving this in halves.
This is a classic, up there with Thornbridge’s ‘Halcyon’, it’s a brew to be savoured.
It’s another antidote to Scott’s ‘lawnmower beers’, this is a beer for when you just want to sit back in the sun, and really can’t be bothered cutting the grass.
Five Stars – a classic.