overall
91
87
style
Brewed by Redwillow
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Macclesfield, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask, Keg, Can regular
Marmalade in a glass, elegantly balanced off against a clean bitter finish.
Unapologetically hoppy.

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Beese (2743) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2017
330ml can from Beermoth, Manchester. Deep amber, really wonderful hop flavours and aromas. Lots of fruit, citrus, melon, mango, resin, etc. Damn fine IPA.

4.8
Allistar (7) - SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2017 does not count
330ml Can from Beer52. Aroma excellent, Appearance good, Taste hoppy, Palate excellent.

3.8
LazyPyro (1214) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2017
330ml can. Almost clear golden amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma: orange, malt, fruity, tropical. Taste: fruity, orange, tropical, marmalade, malts, light sweet with a moderate bitter finish, clean and crisp. Medium body, soft carbonation. Quite nice, almost like a hybrid of a traditional English IPA with a modern American IPA, with the latter being better represented here.

3.8
Garrold (5278) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2017
Cask. Shakespeare’s, Sheffield. Golden, with a very light haze. Thin, dense, creamy, fully lacing, lasting, white head. Not sure a cask golde could look any better. Nose has tinned peach and pear. Hint of pineapple. Hint of white pepper. Richly sweet, grainy malts in the background. Taste is sweet to start, with a fruity, citrus oil bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Zesty and oily bitterness.

3.6
JaKeAFC (1127) - ITALY - FEB 23, 2017
On tap at Taboo. Orange color average white head, mild persistence. Aroma is mostly fruity, malt, tropical fruit, orange, raisins. Aromatic resin hops with citric tones, mild bitterness. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Clean finish, yet malty, some bitter hops, slight aromatic. Decent english ipa.

3.6
Bosbouw (2925) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2017
Mooie oranje gele kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt fruitig, orange, kruiden, zeep. Smaakt fruitig, orange, citrus, bitter.

3.4
Abijen (2571) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2017
Geel goud bier met een kleine witte schuim kraag. Ruikt fruitig, soppig, snoep. Smaakt bitter, hoppig, fruitig, soppig.

3.7
hansvf (898) - - FEB 2, 2017
Grote bellen schuim, slaat snel dood. Ruikt lekker hoppig, smaakt eerst zoet, daarna goed bitter. Wel snel weg.

3.4
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Gravity Cask Third of a Pint at Craft 100 Festival at Craft Beer Co, Clapham, London in Oct 2016 - Clear Amber Gold in colour. Small foamy white head. Fruity; orange citrus, peel, tropical fruits. Hoppy; grassy hops. Malty; pale malts, caramel. Sweet bitter citrus fruity and malty. Very drinkable. (2016-10-09)

3.7
Alengrin (5376) - BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2016
Modern IPA from a pretty ’craft beer can’ bought at Plan B. Rather thinnish, egg-white head leaving some dots of lacing and a diffuse veil in the middle as well as a stable, moussy rim around the glass; cloudy peach blonde robe with slightly olive greenish tinge. Dank aroma of stale lime juice, granadilla, grapefruit peel, sweet onion, spruce needles, rainwater, wet hay, withering flowers, old orange juice, green banana, sweet paprika, artisanal cider, dry cereals, pineapple, apricot. Vividly fruity, crisp onset, accents of pineapple, passion fruit, green banana and a touch of peach with a sourish, softly kumquat-like edge as well as a vague salty touch somewhere already announcing hops; minerally, but not overly sharp carbonation, smooth and rounded mouthfeel. Sweetish biscuity and bready malt middle with sharper graininess supports a hoppiness that was there from the start, but only grows in intensity towards the end, eventually becoming very resinous, peppery, yellow grapefruity and tonic water-like, lasting very long and producing retronasal grapefruity, piney and floral aromas. The hop bitterness dominates the finish completely, making for a very dry effect, a bit on the harsh side even for a 21st-century IPA - so this beer clearly lives up to its name. Bready yeastiness, however, is there to soften things a bit in the tail. The British were among the first European people to hesitatingly embrace the American craft beer movement - not surprising considering the cultural and linguistic connections on the one hand and the historical origins of the most succesful craft beer styles on the other - and since then, a colourful ’avant-garde’ of strongly internationally oriented British craft brewers, ranging from Thornbridge and BrewDog over The Kernel and Weird Beard to Siren or Wild Beer, has established itself on top of a vast world of traditional, 20th-century breweries, and seeing both worlds interact is as interesting as observing the same phenomenon in Belgium, where something similar has happened. This Redwillow brewery from Cheshire clearly belongs to that modern avant-garde and does it correctly, though I’ll have to taste more of their beers to be able to fully situate them in the ever-shifting British beer landscape. This particular one sure delivers, though it lacks a bit in finesse, depth and delicacy as seen in e.g. Buxton, The Kernel or Brew By Numbers. In any case a very pleasant IPA.


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