Still hanging on by the skin of its teeth, another fanzine has popped itself into my hands. At least this time there are some new brews, and not just rehashed NEIPAs.
Old World Russian – Stout – 9.5%
All full bodied taste, this opulent whirl of hops and malts even rivals the most colourful of imperial Faberge eggs.
Originally created to celebrate the Russian Royal Family. This beer is a fitting tribute with which to toast your own empire.
Brutalist – Brut IPA – 6%
Pop the cork on this Brut IPA. German and American hops unite to give a subtle sauvignon blanc and fruity flavour profile. Stone fruits duke it out with apricot and peach winning the day, followed by a deft touch of grass and gooseberry to finish. A delicate effervescence and white wine character deliver this brutalist into polite society.
Nope. Don’t get it. Posh lager? Perhaps better on keg…
Flux Factory – West Coast IPA – 6%
Yuzu and bergamot flow into pine and grapefruit peel in this ever-changing West Coast IPA. This experimental pale utilises late hopping; delicate hop oils bring mango and lychee, running alongside toasty Crystal malt, with an underlying resinous bitterness bringing order to chaos.
Once again it appears that the canned version is meh and the kegs are better.