Tuesday, 20 August 2013

10 Fine Craft Ales.

I have a bit of a backlog with my beer reviews, so here's 10 I've tasted recently from Alaska, Norway, and also closer to home; Huddersfield and London.
Smoked Alaskan Porter 2012. (£14)
I've seen this in books for years but have only just been able to buy it at Beermoth in the Northern Quarter. Expensive, but worth it, just about. Not too smoky just right, sweet roasts, smooth and slightly smoked and velvety with a hint of chocolate. Not sure if I'd fork out £14 again though now I've tried it. 7.5/10

Nøgne Ø Pale Ale. (£4.49)
Extremely good, light hoppy, tangy, it has those tropical notes which are very pleasing. Lovely. 9/10.

Nøgne Ø India Pale Ale. (£4.79)
Even better than the previous if anything. Bitter but balanced, fresh and tropical. Just gorgeous. 9/10.

Magic Rock Cannonball. (£3.95)
Bitter, a little syrupy, it's not got that tropical element, it's just got one note and that's bitter hops. A good IPA not outstanding though. 7/10
Magic Rock Bearded Lady. Imperial Brown Stout. (£4.85)
Very good, roasted coffee, malts, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, bitter and dark. 8/10
Partizan Saison. (£3.25)
Not my favourite style of beer anyway, it has that Belgian essence but it's too lemony-tart-grapefruit in the palate for me. 6/10
Partizan Colombus Chinook Simcoe (IPA) (£3.25)
Nice, crisp fresh and dry, well balanced, fruity lightly tropical and pine. Lovely. 8/10
Partizan Simcoe Citra. (£3.25)
Fresh, soft, slightly citrussy, pink grapefruit, ok. 7/10 
Partizan Foreign Extra Stout. (£3.45)
Dark, black and creamy, sweet malty cocoa and roasted chocolate. Very good.  8/10 

Partizan 7 Grain Porter. (£2.95) 
Gorgeous black velvet, black tar and roast coffee. Very good. 9/10
Star Buys: Partizan 7 Grain Porter & Nøgne Ø India Pale Ale.

Beers were bought from Beermoth and Chorlton Off Licence. 

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