Day Two (December 2nd) of my ‘Beer Hawk’ advent calendar, today’s brew is ‘Little Rock IPA’ from Harbour Brewing in north Cornwall.
For those Brewclub readers in the <ahem> ‘colonies’, Cornwall is the very westernmost point of mainland England, the southwest-est of the southwest.
The brewery was founded in 2012, with a ten barrel (16 Hectolitre) steam fired brewplant, designed in America and built in Hungary by Bavarian Brewing Technologies. They currently boast 140 barrels (224 Hectolitres) of Fermentation vessels, and 40 barrels (64 Hectolitres) of Conditioning tanks.
Little Rock IPA is canned, but I’m not precious about the whole canned/bottled thing; as The Brewclub’s strap line at the top says “it’s about the beer”.
It pours a dark amber, pushing the ‘pale ale’ envelope a tad, back to the colour of ‘old school’ IPAs; the white head fades rapidly, but laces down the glass as it fades.
The nose is far from ‘old school’ though, modern citrus with a hint of rich caramel.
The flavour is modern IPA as well, a good, modern example. Not a ‘hop bomb’ that strips the enamel from your teeth, yes there are modern hops in there, aplenty, but they’re balanced by a rich toasted, malty-caramel underpinning.
A good, tasty IPA and one I’d happily drink again.
Two days in and I’m really enjoying this advent calendar.