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Weird Beard Hit The Lights

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Brewed by Weird Beard
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ealing, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask, Keg and Bottle Conditioned; Regular.

English malt back bone, bittered with Anglo/Euro hops in the shape of Target and Aurora, then dry hopped with the same again. American yeast to keep esters at bay, so all that fruity punch comes just from the hops. Making a clean, bitter IPA with loads of fruity hop character, the way we think it should be.
Like any good IPA this beer will cut through spicy dishes, pair well with fried or salty foods, but best enjoyed in the sun.

Batches 0009 0020 0030
Ingredients
Grains: Pale, Munich, Cara-Pils, Crystal
Hops: Aurora, Target, Nugget


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4429) - BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2016
From a 50 cl bottle. Apparently intended as a tribute to old school English IPA. Thick, dense, moussy, egg-white head remaining closed and leaving thick, velvety lacing on the edge of the glass; warm ’old gold’ colour, clear with not much fizz, turning completely hazy and darker, brownish peach-like in colour with deposit. Fragrant bouquet of dried lemongrass, lychee, starfruit, drying hay, dusty earth, strawberry, mouldy orange, sweet red apple, olive oil, dried kitchen herbs, raw carrots straight from the garden. Crisp, spritzy onset, fruity but in a ’clean’ way, with accents of lychee, unripe plum and a faint hint of strawberry, basically softly sourish but with nice sweetishness piercing through; carbonation is quite strong but ’refined’, almost champagne-like, but the drinkability does not suffer from this at all. Body is supple and a bit oily, based on a pleasantly bready, yet light and slightly grainy maltiness, dryish, further dried by the hops, which present themselves already in the onset but increase in strength towards the end, where they combine a deep, leafy, herbal, tonic water-like bitterness with lovely retronasal aromas of dried lemon peel and dried flowers. Finishes in complete drought, blocking even the narrowest trace of juicy maltiness - the explicitly herbal, decisively bittering, profoundly English flavour of the Target gets the last word, that much is clear. There are so many IPAs around globally these days that it must be a difficult task to make one that it set apart from the rest, but this one seems to achieve just that; the choice of hops and the way they have been applied, has indeed created an IPA which brings the glorious British past of this much-executed style to life - no citrus or pine here, but a thorough, extremely dry, earthy yet still elegant bitterness all around. Somewhat unusual IPA indeed for those unfamiliar to the few traditionally British remnants of the style, but in any case another great Weird Beard beer and clearly a great achievement in its particular context, I will recommend this to anyone interested in ’English IPA’ which nowadays (all too?) often comes far behind ’American IPA’. The total dryness of it works very appetizing as well, this will literally make your mouth water...

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (5269) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2015
Murky body, golden. Amber malts, biscuit, pine hops, fresh enough but refined, not too in your face. Nice bitterness but quite harsh, astringent even. Perhaps leave some residue in the bottle, but it was even on the first half. Anyway good hop selection and nice aroma. Nice palate too except for the ending which is really too dry, harsh. (Bottle from QV.ID)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1732) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle from Oddbins West Hampstead. Light golden colour, quite high carbonation. Solid light malt. Quite like these hops and it’s come out dry and bitter. Not certain on the yeast profile.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6600) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle from de Molen Beershop, dated 30-06-2015 BB 30-06-2016, medium sample. Slight hazy golden color, short head. Aroma is bit citrussy, slight grapefruit, bit grassy. Soft bitterness, slight malty, bit fruity yeast. Bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brew_Cat (118) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 6, 2015
Pours yellow-golden with large, fizzy, white, lasting head. Clear light to medium body, good lacing, thin texture, dry-bitter finish. Average presence of malts, mostly cookie. Heavily hoppy, with lemon and grapefruit tastes/aromas on the front raw. Average alcohol content, hints of grapes and tobacco. An overall ok IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6891) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2015
Appearance: Hazy orange golden color with a fine white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Fresh grapefruit hoppy, some pine and tropical fruity.
Palate: Medium (+) body. Fine balance between sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Fine fresh gapefruit hoppy, pine and tropical fruity.
Overall impression: Nice fresh, tasty and easy drinkable hop juice.
Personal stats:On tap at Weird Beard Tap takeover at BrewDog Camden in London, England

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2015
September 11, 2014 - on draught at Euston Tap. Slightly hazy deep gold with a creamy white smallish lasting head, left tight sticky thick lacing. It’s ... a golden ale, aye-yup - sneaky pungency in the aroma and taste, but simple and grassy, a bit alcohol-forward; dry, has a hint of some tartness, like unripe red currrant - mostly floral with some citrus; solid body, very airy, a slightly more than medium bitter dry grassy finish, some acidity in the finish. Unlike the Moor Raw which preceeded it, this is not one I could drink a lot of.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackadutton (65) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Cask at Euston Tap. Hazy golden orange pour with thin frothy white head. Aroma of orange, sweets (e.g. Haribo Tangfastics!), lemon sherbet with slight spice and hops. Taste is quite sweet with orange and peach with a nice dry bitter grassiness to finish. Imagine it’s even better on keg!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9114) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2015
Pretty golden-orange, thuck lace. Tobacco, orange, grass,herbs, biscuit malt. Semi-sweet, nice orange andnpeach,herbal, grassy. Tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (2377) - CROATIA - JUL 21, 2015
On tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Pours hazy orange, white head. Citrus, fruity, hoppy. Dry bitter finish. Medium bodied.


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