I’ve written before about Hardknott Beers; indeed I described their Azimuth as out punking Punk IPA! Dave Bailey brews some uncompromising beers, as one might expect from somebody that describes himself as a ‘Force Majeure’, but I’ll still try any of their brews I’m fortunate enough to stumble across
And so it was that I found Intergalactic Space Hopper .in a local branch of Morrison’s supermarkets.
Morrison’s are getting a bit of a reputation for stocking interesting beers so I try and call in when I’m passing.
Intergalactic Space Hopper , like Azimuth, is an American Pale Ale, Hardknott Dave tends not to list the hops he uses, to discourage ‘tickers’ but they describe the brew as “a lot of fun. We really wanted to see just how amped-up we could make the hop profile…” adding “Packing the beer full of late hops and dry hopping with some massive resinous and citric hops gives a taste something akin to chewing hop pellets.”
I (very briefly) chewed a hop pellet once and it’s not something I’d recommend, or try again.
So, forewarned, I poured this one out.
It pours a very pale gold, with a hesitant white head.
There’s not too much nose, pineapple candy, honey and a hint of passion fruit on the nose.
But the flavour is a pleasingly complex blend, there’s a deep, dry hop bitterness balanced with those tropical fruits.
Mango, pineapple and a caramel/honey sweetness. Each sip reveals new complexity, it’s a brew to savour.
And there’s a video to accompany the brew here.
As I said from the outset, I will always grab a Hardknott brew if I see it on a shelf, and this one doesn’t disappoint.
Oh… and was fortunate enough to bump into Dave Bailey at the British Guild of Beer Writers bash in London recently – under some red lights… .