Appearance: Crimson red with a refreshing transparency. Lightly tanned head swelling to two fingers before retracting and settling to a decent overlay. Nice wavy lace as it ebbs.
Aroma: Definitely malt driven. Lots of lightly burned toffee and old leather chair with a punchy citrus cutting through and bringing notes of pithy orange peel, juicy blood orange and caramelised pear. Lots of nutty undertones with that classic touch of toasty malt and sappy pine resin. Bloody ripper!
Flavour: Absolutely jam packed with toffee and burnt caramel, toast and nutty malts but the counter from the hops is what brings this beer to life. The perfect amount of acidic citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine slicing right through those sweet and toasty malts. It all leads in to a dry yet sweet and bitter finish which goes for days.
Mouthfeel: Slick but dry and assertive in the swallow. The 8% ABV is dangerously well concealed. Medium-full body.
Overall: Definitely has traits of the original Former Tenant. That aside it’s a damn fine red IPA, especially with the booze so well hidden. Solid offering.