Marks and Spencer Single Hop Citra IPA 4.9% - £2.29 a bottle.
Well a bit of background on this one. You can get it from near enough all M&S's they even do it in a lot of the station stores (it is in the ones near me I have been in anyway). It is labelled as an M&S beer but it is really made by Oakham Ales they do some stunning beers, if you see Scarlet Macaw or thier "normal" Citra have a pint it is lovely.
This one how ever is a little bit dull. It certainly means well but there is a bit of a odd flavour in there I can only describe as spoddy. There is a kind of lagerry flavour to it that doesn't really match with the "Real Ale" style it is supposed to be.
It is a single hop beer so really should show case the awesomeness of that particular hop, in this case it is the Citra hop. It should give a big floral bright and lively flavour but in this it just doesn't feel right. It may be something in the bottling or there being too much gas in there but it just isn't as good as it should be when you compare it to a Sierra Nevada Torpeo Extra IPA (one of which is in my fridge and will be reviewed another time) which gives a massive hoppy bright burst of flavour with every sip.
Over all for a big beer person it is a bit disappointing, but for the average person it would go down well and it is certainly a step up from some of the mass made stuff like Doombar, Spitfire or Speckled Hen. This would be a good beer to have at a BBQ as the lightness of the beer would work well in the hot weather with burgers.
Good starter beer for people new to real ale
Dull for a fanatical beer drinker
Odd after taste
Rating = 2.75 Above average but still not epic
Last edited by Errkal on Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Might give it a try. I'm leaving London for a month to a place not brimming with good beer shops so will stock up.
I've mentioned it before but I don't like how breweries such as Beaverton started doing their beers in cans. They claim it's because it's easier to transport and keeps it fresher but they keep it the same price as a bottle despite not actually tasting as good and being a smaller serving. Cheeky.
I've found the taste to be about the same as long as they use decent cans, Wild Beer and BrewDog do it and I've noticed a difference.
They aren't a different size though, a "normal" craft beer bottle is 330ml which is the same as they cans so you don't loose out really, there is also more protection from the beer being scuncked by light coming through, it is pretty much gone with using brown glass but with a can it is totally gone. They also provide a good benefits for pubs, bars and people buying in shops where the shops keep the beer on a shelf as a can will chill down in about 20 minutes or so where as a bottle will take a good couple of hours.
Holy gooseberry fool they are the same size. Not sure if I actually knew that or not and my eyes were just tricking me
Still...it's cheaper (for them) to use cans, yet the customer feels none of the benefits as the cost is the same as a bottle. I'll try a can this week and see if the cans have improved. Usually they just taste a bit...off.
Still, that isn't just for cans tbf. I had a one of these the other day....
It had a nasty metallic taste. It was like the cap had melted into the drink. Quite unpleasant sadly. Not sure I'll try another of there drinks.
Errkal wrote:NOt heard of them, I will avoid though if I do see them though
I think they're new. Bottle Apostle tends to have new London ones and they have a biggish section for them. I think they have about 5 types. Shame as I like a good white beer. Best one of I've had recently is by Einstok.
Beautiful and summery. Quite cheap in a random Turkish corner shop by me too compared to proper off licences.
Also here's a question. Any expensive range beers you would recommend? I have a hankering for one just to see if they are worth the investment. Sure they are just like buying a nice wine, but what puts me off is that I have to drink it all in one go.
Also look for some of the aged beers from Burning Sky like Monolith they are bigger, a bit pricey but good as a special beer for birthday and christmas days. The pirate bomb will be a bitch to get, I have only seen it once over here but it was the best beer I have ever had. It was £15 for a 330ml bottle and I would pay more it was stunning.
Interesting. Cheers. I see the Tokyo one in my amazing little off license but am always a bit put off due to not being the biggest fan of Brewdog. Though I guess their premium drinks are more consistent than say Punk.
When I was in Rome I went to an amazing bar called Open Baladin. I go there every time I'm in Rome and there is a fantastic selection. Italian beer like other countries is getting more into excellent quality beers. They are a Rome local and even sell their stuff in supermarkets.
That's the bar
Some real cracking beers there from breweries like Re Ale. I saw in Timeout there is an Italian craft beer bar in London but it's way out west. It's unfortunately called "the Italian Job"
I've not tried any italian stuff yet, I have a few Brew Fist beers for my next beer club (me and a couple of mates do a monthly beer night were we all bring special stuff) one of which is an imperial porter that is barrel ages in Grappa barrel, it sounds awesome I hope it lives up to it.
As for punk, it is one of my all time favorites, it has got much more consistent in the last few years, it could be very flacky a while back.
I think the best bar I have been to was CASC in Aberdeen when I was up there last year for the BrewDog AGM
They have loads on tap and a big black board with everything colour coded, you then order by number rather than name. There is also a mega bottle list too. Very nice.
This was in a pub called The Tower in Hastings. It is one of those pubs that looks like it will be full if piss water lager and people that would stag you rather than say hi, but it is actually a temple of beer. The have a range of beer that changes daily and is very friendly.
Today they have SYL by First Chop Brewing Arm how are from Salford Machester, it is I think the first Manchester beer I have had and if they are all this good I will have more!
This is a rarer style of beer as is a Black IPA, this means you should see a good mix of hoppy punch and bitter flavours with a dark colour, and subtle coffee and chocolate notes. This particular example doesn't disappoint.
First off the condition of the beer was near perfect, took no time to clear and there was no haze to it, it was a dark beer but you could see light through clearly, and there was no major fizz or bubbles as you should get with a hand pull ale.
Taste wise there is a good crisp hoppy flavour wtih hints of fruits and jolliness with a slight dryness in there.
It is the sort of beer I could drink all night (although I would probably regret the next morning), it is the sort of beer you want to sit inside with enjoying a pack of pork scratchings chatting bollocks with your mates, maybe chuck in a game of pool.
Many would say you can't enjoy a beer of that strength but I disagree. A proper beer made well can be a higher percentage because there is enough character from the malts and hopping to back up the alcohol. You can tell in a sip if a beer has been made strong as a fad or for the sake of it because you get a harsh punch of alcohol and that doesn't exist this this beer.
All in all a great beer, if you see it have a pint you wont regret it.
Goes well with bar snacks
Higher % to bring out more flavour
Too strong for some
not widely available
A style some dont get on board with
Rating = 3.5 A very nice beer, would happily have again.