As per my recent posts, somewhere along the line I appear to have lost my ‘beer mojo’.
I still enjoy a social drink with friends, and have a pile of interesting beers to try, but can’t seem to get myself motivated to sit down and analyse.
I’ve reviewed over 300 brews for ‘The Brewclub’ but right now my palate is telling me that there are only so many ‘hop bombs’ or variations on IPA that it can take.
I suspect I’m not alone, a friend and local beer afficionado recently commented on social media – about the recent ‘Craft Beer Rising’ in Sheffield – “it’s all too samey and wannabees without creativity”.
So… I have a few reviews stocked up and will publish them, in due course, and hope my mojo returns soon.
Bob the Brit
I wrote last year that I will always try a Hardknott brew if I see it, and if it’s a 7.3% ‘double IPA’, brewed ‘completely with southern hemisphere hops‘ then I simply couldn’t resist.
Hardknott claim that ‘been bold, cheeky and just a little bit silly‘ brewing a beer that – they claim – has a “Nose of bananas and pineapple smuggled under a grass skirt, followed by a teaser of biscuit with a crashing wave of fruity hop bitterness and a 10 mile long finish.”
No hyperbole in there then? Let’s give it a try.
It pours a deep apricot colour with a fulsome, slightly ‘dirty’ white head that fades slowly. The nose is subtle, peaches, biscuits, and maybe some lemon peel.
The flavour is far from subtle, it’s complex, a rich malty mouthful, before those hops kick in and yes, they’re Southern Hemisphere hops, nothing old-school in here. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango and yes, biscuits, but underlying all that is the threat of the 7.2% alcohol.
This is by no means a subtle brew, and while I could imagine that one might acquire delusions of invincibility after a few bottles, that might not necessarily be in a good way.
Sadly, while I respect the complexity and potency of this brew, it just doesn’t do it for me.
That said, I will continue to seek out Hardknott brews.
Oh… and there’s a video: