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Formerly brewed at Mad Squirrel Brewing (prev Red Squirrel Brewing)
Style: Bitter
Hemel Hempstead, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Occasional.
"Given to me by an American brewer. One of the best beers I have tasted in the past five years. The next generation of IPAs. Uses the finest German malt and American Hops. Big in flavour and bitterness. Dry hopped. You will love it or hate it, there is no middle ground."

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wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Shared with Slothez. Darkish amber pour with minimal head. Aroma didn’t offer a great deal, no real pungent resinous hoppage as you might hope to find in a stateside ipa, just some vague fruity notes, all slightly muted. The hops come through a bit more in the flavour with some citrus notes, but it never quite gets off the ground. Finish was dryish and gently lingering. Quite enjoyable in its own right, and certainly drinkable, but not too similar to the hop laden US IPAs that this is supposed to replicate.

KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2007
Pig’s Ear beer festival, labelled American IPA. Lovely hoppy ale, nice malt and a flowery finish. Grass, pine, resin. No carbonation to speak of.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
A Mes rate: Cask at a JDW. This was labelled as the Colorado IPA but I’m sure it is the same thing. Yeasty aroma with that slight eggy hint you get sometimes and is never too great. Appearance is clean golden ale with a reasonable head for what it is and lots of lace. Strong grapefruit and generally citric notes in the flavour but not with the floral character you would expect to follow. But wait there it is. It all comes through for the finish which is brief but crisp, clean and quite satisfying. Drinkable session beer. PS: Well said Chris_O. I seem to have discovered that middle ground too!

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Memorial Hall, Northwich 18/09/2004 Amber golden coloured with acidic taste. Slightly dry lasting finish.

chriso (7569) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2005
Cask (gravity dispense), St Albans Beer Festival 2005. Don’t know where the commercial description came from - presumably a quote from the brewer lifted from somewhere or other. He might think there’s no middle ground with this beer but, frankly my dear, there most certainly is, and my view sits right in it. Copper colour. There’s a fair hop presence and, whilst there are some US style resinous notes, its really more grassy and herbaceous. Hopping levels certainly aren’t up to the US norm. Doesn’t have the punch that US IPAs have and any of our transatlantic chums who might get to try this are bound to point that out in no uncertain terms. More sharp than hop bitter. Don’t get me wrong, this is a decent beer, but the US IPA hullabaloo is over the top and just asking for trouble.

leaparsons (10598) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2004
Toffee and amber coloured. Aromas are kiwi, strawberry and pine. Flavours are fruity and very floral in its hoppiness - almost parma violets. Spicy on the finish, Ethereal and hard to get your teeth around. Not bitter nor malty enough. Its an odd beer.

DanielBrown (4519) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2004
Gravity at the Birmingham Beer Festival. Rusty yellow, no head and a vinegar aroma. Standard but strange pale ale. No hoppiness per se, just an overblown organic grape flavour. Some ribena, quite tart, smoothish. Not brilliant.

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