Dainton Brewery Double IPA


31355632_847966595387487_8153065228913868800_n“Double India Pale Ale This beer was brewed for Nat Reeves, the electro-synth composing, pink tee shirt wearing, hop wizard of Cheltenham. If you don’t know who he is, then you should probably not drink this beer.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Lovely amber hue with a soft orange fusion. Good co2 level – lots of active bubbles rising up to form and retain the two finger cap. Some streaky lace drag on the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Smells nice and fresh. Lots of citrus and stone fruit along with a good dose of floral pine. Maybe a touch of herbal spice such as aniseed and basil. The malt bill is sticky and sweet, borderline cloying but saved by those super fresh hops! A bit of booze stinging the nostrils too.

Flavour: It follows through with slightly pithy citrus, spicy herbs, passion fruit and a flutter of sweet-ish stone fruit. A healthy booze burn bridges the mid as orange peel and grapefruit lead in to a rather bitter, spicy and drawn out finish.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and oily with a sturdy warmth from the 8.3% ABV. Every bit of the 80 IBU is felt also. Medium body and co2.

Overall: A fairly decent DIPA. One we’d classify as good without being great though. It’s big, aggressive and boozy but it comes with little balance and is a bit rough around the edges. Still, not bad.