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Paul G@ Home
6 months ago
The second and last of my testers from Boscombe. This one is 100% hazy with an orange juice complexion and a bit of head retention after a medium hard pour. Soft tropical aromas emit from the glass, give it a swirl and these intensify. Mosaic doing it's duty by providing pineapple and bubblegum most notably and then you notice Citra's influence too with its unmistakable orange piff/satsuma vibe and lemon zest. The OJ style is enhanced further by Amarillo and Cascade but they also impart notes of melon, elderflower, pink grapefruit, lychee and pine. Nice and soft in the mouth with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation. It goes down oh so smooth. It's hoppy and juicy in almost equal measure with a decently strong piney finish, which is long and pronounced. The flavour is big, big enough to cover the 6.8% ABV virtually completely, though you still sense heat as it's not far from DIPA territory. You don't get Cascade often anymore as its popularity has been overtaken by Citra, this brew proves you shouldn't forget it, it still has dry hop impact. Similarly Amarillo isnt widely used in brews of recent years and it gives this beer a coriander, almost peppery type spice edge. Juicy OJ leads the charge though, that's for sure. And juicy it is! It's got a really great balance between tasting of green hop and juice. Some beers are hop fests and others complete juice bombs, whilst I prefer the latter what's more ideal is a battle between the two like Yard Sale has. Speaking of balance, this brew tows the line between being easy drinking and a big boy IPA, as it's both! A proper 6.8% big IPA that's smooth and flavourful enough to come across as easily drinkable and therefore very enjoyable. Big on flavour, big on quality.
Paul G@ Home
6 months ago
A very lively pour this one is! Very hazy to the point of being opaque and a sunny amber hue like tropical juice. Rich aromas of pineapple, bubblegum, sweet pine, lime, maybe even honeydew! It's quite heady on the nose but appetising and alluring. Citra, Mosaic..a proven duo joined by the fellow classic craft hop Galaxy account for the lush array of fruits, hoppiness and aroma. In the mouth it is syrupy smooth but not pillowy soft, chewy or thick. The tropical tang and pine intertwines with the alcohol content, clocking in at 5.9% ABV, creating a big IPA impression. Ekte Øl is Norwegian for real ale the can tells me and with this in mind I am getting an ale vibe from this brew. A strong and hugely hoppy ale it would be mind you. Kviek yeast contributes to this brews piercing flavour massively, almost equal part to the Citra and Mosaic. Although this was a very lively pour the carbonation in glass and in mouth is not there, which could be out down to transportation, age and storage. This can has travelled and isn't new born as my friend kindly sent me a few to try. Can't rule out the cause being the brew method and result though. Sharp citrus cutting through sweeter pine and tropical fruit flavours works well. Tried and trusted. A lack of big oats is sticking with me though, particularly having had a Polly's the other day. That said it is smooth and carries the hoppiness in a slick ale fashion. Watery comes to mind, very flavourful but quite drinkable, it's hard to pin down my precise exceptions to this brew other than how I've already described it. A syrupy, hoppy, tangy, kviek punchy India pale ale. There's something not quite right about this brew/example but the hops haven't died that's for sure as the finish is long and persistent. It's more a hop fest than a juice bomb.
David L@ The Wight Bear
8 months ago
Dense, malt forward aroma. Cast your mind back to when American Craft Beer first hit our British shores , Flying Dog , Sierra Nevada , and the like... The Cascade Hops bring you right back to what that incredible experience was and still is , with just the right amount of bitterness on the back end and a refreshing lip smacking flavour profile this holds. More great beer from Boscombe Brewing Company.
9 months ago
Dankness and malts forward on this new england IPA . Its got a balanced amount of bitterness and hoppiness to it , which leans over to a mountain IPA although i've listed it as a new england as its about as hazy as an ale can get , it does have the flavour profile of east meets west. But the star of the fucking show here is the body and the mouthfeel! Its an absolute pleasure to look at, the medium level of carbonation (again a nod to a mountain IPA) throws the beer around the palate to give a full spectrum experience of the yeast / malts / hops . A great session beer
David L@ The Wight Bear
1 year ago
Deep stone fruits and Orange peel on the nose. Punches your teeth out with a juicy , hoppy dense mouthfeel which coats the palate with just the right amount of bitterness to carry through to the end. This holds a special place in my heart and i'll usually select it over other great beers i.e. Verdant/Cloudwater