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Dawkins: The Unrepeatable (England: Golden Ale: 3.8% ABV)

Visual: Very pale lemon juice. Moderate white head froth head that leaves suds. Some cloudy lines laced throughout the body.

Nose: Lemon juice. Clean hop character and bitterness. Hop oils. Lime notes. Fresh. Lemongrass and bubblegum. Resin. Greenery. Flour.

Body: White crusty bread. Lemongrass. Slight brown bread. Slight apricot. Some bitterness. Some kiwi.

Finish: Greenery and kiwi and lime. Dried apricot. Flour. Mint leaves.

Conclusion: Ok, the aroma to this beer promises a heck of a lot – lots of freshness, lots of lemon, and lots of influence from my beloved hop – Sorachi Ace. Now, obviously not all of the ten hops are getting a look in here – that would be nigh impossible, but at this point it had a heck of a fresh and full aroma. It is just that this number of different hops tend to be a matter of diminishing returns, and more of a gimmick than an actual need for that many varieties. Still, very impressive first impression.

Mid body, well, it loses a bit of the variety from the aroma. It is not as fresh, more a kind of gentle bready backing. Still quite a lemony beer, with some lemongrass backing and a bit of greenery – but loses some of the distinct characteristics of the aroma. It is pleasant, with a not too high level of hop bitterness. I think a lot more could have been done with the hops it had available as it feels like the beer has less complexity than a careful use of two of the three hops together generally has. I’m not complaining about the flavours you do get – a fruity, hoppy, but gentle blond ale. I’m just not seeing it as that unusual for the hoppier end of the blond ale spectrum.

So, as a hopped up blond ale – weirdly enough it needs a bit more flavour, and a bit more grip for the flavour it does have. It can tend towards the bland end about a third of the time – when it is on it is satisfying, but not special.

So, a good general ale, but not a taste spectacular that such a hop choice deserves. A beer where more is definitely less, but still generally good enough even if it is less than the sum of its parts.

Background: Originally brewed for Bristol Beer Week 2016 – don’t know if this is the same batch as its “Unrepeatable” name would indicate. It is made with Rakau, Mosaic, Galaxy, Admiral, Citra, Delta, El Dorado, Azacca, Sorachi Ace, and Amarillo hops. The difference here is that is is high hopped, but not an IPA. Not even a session IPA thank flip. Anyway, using this many different hops can result in a mess but I thought it would be fun to try, so I grabbed it from Independent Spirit of Bath. Drunk while listening to a bunch of Erock’s Meet metal videos, starting with Heathens. I don’t like the original song, but I am currently obsessed with covers of it. Go figure.

Resolution IPA

Dawkins: Resolution IPA (England: IPA: 5.3% ABV)

Visual: Grain gold, thin white dash of a loose bubbled head.

Nose; Light lime and cheesecake. Peaches in syrup.

Body: Nice bitterness. Kiwi. Lime. Cheesecake sweetness. Quite dry initially and moderate hop character. Red grapes underneath which brings up the juiciness mid body.

Finish: Sweet lime. Dill pickle zing. Hops. Cherries. White grapes. Quite dry hops at the end. Bitterness rises over time.

Conclusion: Been a while since I had a real ale IPA. I’ve been seduced by the keg versions for a while. They are very different takes on the style and require very different interpretations. This, thankfully, helps remind me that real ale can do an IPA very well, but you just need to walk a very careful line with them.

This thing balances the sweet citrus tang and thicker real ale texture with good bitterness. The citrus isn’t sharp but more dessert like, which plays better with that thicker texture for a soothing hop kick.

Which brings us to why I say you have to walk a fine line with real ale IPAs. The finish, the extra thickness of body can mean that in the finish the hops can become over clingy if not done well. Here they have managed to keep a lighter touch, the hops weigh in and hang around still, but that sweetness manages to keep it fresh longer. It is only at the very end that they start to become slightly leaden. It means it isn’t perfect, but still done well enough that it doesn’t overshadow the rest of the beer.

This style allows for a very nuanced IPA, and you can shift gears between the sweet dessert, zesty touch, and hop bitterness each time you take a sip. The fact that it is easy to drink despite the hop levels shows that they have balanced things well. The finish doesn’t quite evade the curse of heavy hopping, but does manage it pretty well resulting in a satisfying dessert citrus IPA.

Background: Huh, looks like these guys brew on the outskirts of Bath. We have a new brewery, woo! Anyway found this at the Beer Emporium in Bristol, which had been recommended to me. They had a good selection of keg and real ale taps, and a good bottle selection, all tucked away in a large cellar bar which sheltered me from the heat. I’m a Yorkshireman, I dislike heat. Thankfully this does not in anyway seem to be associated with Richard Dawkins. Thank fuck. I say that as a happy atheist and fan of science as well, I just disagree with Dawkins a hell of a lot to say the least. Anyway, rate beer lists this as an American Pale Ale, but I am happy listing it as its chosen IPA myself. They only had print out or photocopy of the tap handle, hence the slightly poor image quality. It wasn’t my crap camera skills this time.

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