Greetings beer fans : )
200gins has expanded its drinks cabinet to accommodate up to 100 hop-driven beverages labelled India Pale Ale (IPA) – or at least Pale Ale, so to include a few extra-special guest stars from the world of craft brewing. Same drill as before – beverages are ranked in order of taste preference, and it might take a few rounds to pin down the final order. Enjoy (in moderation). Oh yeah, there are photos this time!
[last updated, 02 Mar 2016]
- BrewDog Punk IPA (5.6%)
A superb beer from Scotland’s BrewDog. Floral biscuit would be my best description.
- Bevertown 8 Ball Rye IPA (6.2%)
Chocolate caramel in a can. Nice artwork too.
- Wiper and True White Cloud IPA (6.0%)
A white chocolate tasting wonder beer from Wiper and True. Also has lime notes. A fantastic brew and vegan too.
- Earl Grey IPA (6.8%)
Sweet shop (sherbet lemons) meets tea room (bergamot).
- Brew by Numbers Black IPA – Citra (6.1%)
A super tasty combination from London’s Brew by Numbers. Amazing smoky/peaty peach flavours. Well worth a go.
- Massive West Coast IPA (6.5%)
Lush creamy tones to this (South) West creation; Glastonbury Ales are spot on with the passion fruit flavours.
- Rooster Baby Faced Assassin IPA (6.1%)
Mango, apricot and mandarin-like flavours coming through loud and clear from Yorkshire brewer Roosters.
- IPA White Cross (5.7%)
Fantastic floral hoppiness from Cornwall based brewer Black Flag.
- Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale (5.6%)
An impressive blend of the old and the new. Try this if you enjoy modern pale ales.
- Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA (7.4%)
Another inspired brew from Beavertown, which I’ll describe as peppery cream soda with a dusting of cocoa. And once again, the can art is ace.
- Crane Boom India Pale Ale (6.2%)
Rich ripe citrus-like flavours stand out in this fine tasting IPA from small batch brewer Crane Beer.
- Left Handed Giant Brewing Co. IPA (7.4%)
…like biting into a delicious juicy grapefruit. Bottle has back-in-the-day charm.
- Jack Hammer IPA (7.2%)
A beer for Spinal Tap fans. This IPA goes to 11 IMHO.
- Snake Dog IPA (7.1%)
Flying dog brewery serves up a calming combination of peach sorbet and white toast flavours (in that order). Again, more top artwork on show.
- Lagunitas IPA (6.2%)
Dry, crisp and full flavoured with the zing of orange. What’s not to like? And there’s a picture of a dog on the bottle cap : )
- Butcombe Brunel Atlantic IPA (5.0%)
If you enjoy Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale then add this to your shopping list.
- Thornbridge Jaipur IPA (5.9%)
Fresh flavours from Derbyshire’s Thornbridge brewery. Dry and crisp with a dash of fizzy mango.
- Greene King IPA Reserve (5.4%)
A touch of treacle meets orange/grapefruit. Delicious.
- Wiper and True Citrus and Sevens IPA (6.0%)
Lime fresh with a sprinkle of cornflake-like flavour. Some creaminess too.
- White IPA (5.5%)
My brother mentioned that UK supermarket Marks and Spencer has an interesting selection of beers and how right he is. This IPA is brewed exclusively for M&S by Adnams and offers an enticing blend of banana and liquorice notes.
- Hitachino Nest Beer – classic Japanese ale (7.0%)
Slightly honey sweet with cereal flavours.
- Weird Beerd Brown IPA (7.3%)
There’s a lot going on here. Chocolate, liquorice and coffee?
- Wolf Rock Red IPA (4.8%)
Malty, but not overly so. Flavour mix makes me think of cherry cola.
- Beerd Monocle English IPA (5.3%)
Honeyed pepperiness with a slice of lemon.
- Purity Longhorn IPA (5.0%)
- Fullers Bengal Lancer IPA (5.3%)
Pleasant creamy spice notes that evolve into an orange tang.
- Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA (5.6%)
A beer with measured fireside character.
- Southville Hop (6.5%)
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (5.6%)
Their website says grapefruit and pine; I reckon lemongrass and toffee malt, but we both agree that it’s a classic.
- Hereford Pale Ale (4.0%)
A tasty mix of savoury popcorn and light peppery flavours.
- Stroud Budding Pale Ale (4.5%)
Delicious golden oat character.
- Samuel Smith India Ale (5.0%)
Sam Smith’s – great pubs, great beer.
- Moor Beer TFA Black IPA (7%)
Dark chocolate and violet.
- Meantime London Pale Ale (4.3%)
Clean tasting and refreshing with grassy notes.
- Scarborough Fair IPA (6.0%)
Full of delicious honey cereal character.
- King of Hops Session IPA (4.8%)
An Adnams and Majestic co-creation, which I’d describe as tasting of grapefruit segments with a dash of pineapple. Think Lilt meets IPA and you won’t be too far off…seriously : ) Also, top marks for the cool label art.
- Deuchars IPA (4.4%)
A well balanced mix of malt and hops from Edinburgh brewer, Deuchars. Not too sweet, not too dry. Taste reminds me of red apples.
- Cheddar Ales Goat’s Leap IPA (5.7%)
Malt (Maris Otter, Crystal, Wheat & Cara) and hop (English challenger, Goldings & Fuggles) combo brings moreish cherry flavours to the party.
- Black IPA (6.5%)
Malt loaf meets ginger cake, according to my taste buds. Label says citrus, chocolate and espresso. Brewed for Marks and Spencer by Purity.
- St Austell Proper Job IPA (5.5%)
Pine cone and lemon and very drinkable.
- Sierra Nevade Torpedo IPA (7.2%)
Big hits of pine forest on a damp morning. Packed with flavour.
- Shepherd Neame IPA (6.1%)
Fuggles and East Kent Goldings provide a nice hoppy bite to this brew. The malt character is well judged too. Well done Richard Frost (video) and the team.
- Legend of Hillside English Pale Ale (4.7%)
Shandy-like flavours to start, followed by plenty of complex character.
- Harbour India Pale Ale (5.2%)
A refreshing blend of white pepper and citrus notes.
- Fourpure Session IPA (4.2%)
Lime fresh. A real thirst quencher
- Ian and Paul’s ale (3.5%)
If I had to describe the flavour in five words…lemon peel and bran flakes.
- Goose IPA (5.9%)
Dry and bitter. Flavours hold their own against a handful of honey roasted peanuts.
- Cesar Augustus Lager/IPA hybrid (4.1%)
- Brave New World IPA (7.0%)
Grapefruit in a glass. One to sip and savour.
- 13 Guns American IPA (5.5%)
Black pepper and treacle. Would be great with crisps.
- Fourpure Pale Ale (5.0%)
A California inspired creation brewed in Bermondsey, UK. Tasting notes mention tropical aromas, which feels spot on.
- Shipyard IPA (5.0%)
Has something of the tangerine about it. An easy drinking brew.
- Prescott Hill Climb Pale Ale (3.8%)
One of my favourite labels so far. I found this bottle on the shelves at the amazing Gloucester Services. The beer delivers a light hit of lime/lemongrass, which would play well with a spicy Thai curry.
- Marston’s English Pale Ale (3.6%)
If you like the taste of lemon tea then give this one a try.
- Easy Jack IPA (4.5%)
Crisp with a hint of pineapple.
- All day IPA (4.7%)
Too subtle for me. Hints of lime
- DNA New World IPA (4.5%)
Lightly flavoured, but a real thirst quencher. Also available in cans.
- River Cottage English Pale Ale (4.0%)
Skinner’s of Cornwall, UK, teams up with River Cottage to create a gentle brew.
- Tap Room IPA (5.3%)
Brewed and bottled in Rochester, New York. Malty. Very Malty.
- Celt Silures Infused Session IPA (4.6%)
Very dry. Beautiful website.
40 beers to go : )