I reviewed one of Hardknott’s brews some time ago for The Brewclub (the review is here).
I enjoyed it, but never got round to exploring their range further. That’s mainly because they were hard to find, requiring an expedition to UtoBeer in London’s Borough Market, and that means a day trip and forty quid in fares before even considering buying beers. .
Hardknott are clearly doing something right, okay many things right, because their brews are now appearing on supermarket shelves (Morrisons) which is where I stumbled across Hardknott Azimuth IPA.
Azimuth professes to be made “with a mix of hops from around the Pacific rim, Some West Coast USA ‘C’ hops, but rounded off with a balance of NZ hops just for the hell of it” adding “Generally, in Azimuth, we use a blend of Cascade, Centennial, Galaxy, Citra, Pacific Jade and Wakatu. But we might vary occasionally.”
That’s a heady handful of hops, let’s see how they shake out.
It pours a very pale gold, with a sparse, off-white head that quickly fades. Those hops haven’t been sacrificed in vain, the nose is complex, floral and fruity, with those Citra hops to the fore.
The flavour is hops all the way. It’s dry and crisp, a rich blend of citrus -mainly grapefruit and peaches, with pine resin and an almost metallic tang.
And the subtle threat of 5.8% ABV.
Azimuth is a memorable IPA, it’s in your face and uncompromising. I’m not sure that Dave Bailey – Hardknott’s ‘force majeure‘ – would appreciate it, but Azimuth reminds me of Brewdog’s Punk IPA, and as that’s one of my favourite brews, that’s no bad thing.
Although, I opened a can of Punk IPA immediately after trying Azimuth, and found that Azimuth out-punked Punk IPA!
I’m giving this five Brewclub stars, it’s that good.
Seriously, if you enjoy Punk IPA, then give Hardknott Azimuth a try, it won’t disappoint.