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East India Pale Pale
- Luckie Ales
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Limited (brewed once).
No notes at this time.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. "This beer will be twelve months old on Christmas 2010." Best before 2013.
A: A big ol' head slowly rises up to the top of the glass after pouring. Pitted, but substantial, it is a dominant-looking topping to a gorgeous beer. The colour is a lightly foggy orange-brown, seemingly with a light of its own. Light bubbles drift within. Some sparse sticky lacing.
S: Mellow hops are foremost, complementing a sweet fruitiness, leaning towards citrus but not quite making it. Almost molasses in character?
T: Mmmm. The molasses character carries over -- not entirely sweet. Complex. Both beautifully bitter and balanced. Hops spiral dizzyingly through the taste married to a light-handed citrus that seems the pre-ordained spouse. Malts are most prominent in the beginning and end of the flavour, but they demand the tongues full attention. The aftertaste is astoundingly delicious and bumps the score up a notch. Starting out wet and sweet, it segues seamlessly into a drier, hoppy bitterness that I wish would last hours. Wow.
M: Again, perfect balance. The bittersweet battle is almost overshadowed in excellence by just enough carbonation to liven things up and the wondrous effects on the tongue produced by the presence of massive hops.
D: Another rousing classic (in this case, "an historic 1868 IPA") from Luckie Ales and a damn good IPA. The best I've had from the UK at any rate. Smooth and lush, it's a pleasure to drink. Absolutely recommended.
Notes: "This is a reproduction of a beer brewed by the Victorian brewer George Stewart Amsinck (7.3% ABV, 220 IBU). He used vast quantities of aroma hops and pale malt to create an IPA, which would withstand the hot, rough ship's journey to the colonies. This beer is properly matured for 12 months and would benefit from a six months journey in a ship's hold - preferably through the tropics."
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2011 22:54:35 |
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