….And yet more cans, this time from Verdant Brewing Co all the way down in Falmouth. The word ‘Verdant’ means lush, green with grass or other rich vegetation. Like hops maybe? 🙂 We have two of their beers. “Light Bulb” Extra Pale Ale, 4.5%abv. As pale as a 100W light bulb but as juicy as an IPA. Session-able, quenching and totally addictive. Biscuity malt base with a hint of sweetness all drenched in fruity/dank hops. And then there’s “Headband” Pale Ale, 5.5%abv. We’ll let the brewery describe this one as we’ve never dealt with tasting notes with ‘stinky cheese’ in them before 🙂 : “Glowing orange colour. A beautifully balanced beer where the pale, crystal and Munich malts really help amplify the hops juicy qualities. Layers of flavour: tropical fruit, citrus fruit, stinky cheese, caramel – all working together. Bitter and sweet. Lush.”
So…there you go then!
Last newbies on the website before Christmas, promise! From Cromarty Brewing Co we have two new 330ml bottles and this year’s Anniversary Brew. “Kool Runnings” is a pilsner style Lager, dry hopped with Wai-iti hops. “Spruced Up Saison” is a dark Rye saison style brewed with spruce needles, cones and nutmeg – very festive! This year’s Anniversary Brew is a bit special. A 12% Imperial Stout aged in Port pipe barrels previously used for Highland whisky. Wax dip sealed, this is an Imperial Stout perfect for ageing at home.
THE WAITING IS OVER! The last bottles from Odyssey Brew Co for 2016 have arrived – and what an army of belters they are.
There’s eight in total so we’ll split ’em into two groups. First, the hop monsters: “San Diego UnSession IPA” – amped up San Diego session IPA,More malt, more hops same fruity, juicy little devil with a complex, bitter finish. “Stimulant IPA” – Stimulating pale ale. Citra, Mosaic, Chinook Simcoe and Sorachi are used copiously. “Dream Brother V2” – an American wheat beer, vibrant and hazy it carries the aromas of Simcoe, Citra, Rakau and Mosaic hops through to the palate. Last but definitely by NO means least “Devil May Care” – This is not a beer of balance, this is a beer in which the massive New World hop additions dominate and are meant to dominate. Huge juicy tropical aromas lead to a powerful, deep and resinous tropical/citrus kick.
…..and now to the darker side. “Righteous Rye” – The rye brings a drying bitterness to the beer and accentuates the orange, grapefruit and tropical notes provided by the all American hop combo used. “Latte Stout Export Edition” – Odyssey Brew Co‘s “Latte Stout” was the beer that started it all for us at AleselA. Had a pint of it in Newcastle and knew instantly that we HAD to get this brewery’s beers up to Scotland. The ‘Export Edition’ has more coffee, more lactose, more malt – more everything in fact. “Grievous Angel” – an Imperial Oatmeal Brown Stout, and why not! This version is brewed with cacao, vanilla and coffee. and “Imperial Zombie Blood” – Odyssey’s final release of the year is something very, very special. It’s big, it’s red and it’s juicy, packed with Simcoe, Mosaic and Rakau at every stage of the brew. These fruity hops are accentuated by the sticky, red, malt base.
A couple of newcomers to We are BAD Co.‘s bottled line up. We have “Whiter Shade of Pale” – a full bodied, thirst quenching, dry hopped pale and “Satisfaction” – a soulful brown ale built on a sophisticated malt base. It can’t get more satisfying than this heady climax of caramel, raisin and biscuit.
Another brewery adding to their bottled range is Spey Valley Brewery. We’ve now got their “Sunshine On Keith” – a 3.5% American style session ale and “Spiced Oot” – which is their Spey Stout brewed a little stronger (6.1%) with orange peel, cinnamon and ginger for a spicey, warming twist.
Another brew now available from Lawman Brewing Company – They’ve bottled their “Pixel Bandit” 4% session ale. Now you can have a set of four! And four’s always better than one when it comes to beer, no?