Hardknott is a relatively young brewery that started life in 2005, based in Cumbria. They are a sort of half-way house between a traditional real ale brewer and a trendy craft brewery. This beer has lots of hops and crystal malt. Not really an IPA, although that’s what Hardknott call it – a red IPA. Dave of Hardknott has a good blog.
Hardknott Infra Red IPA, Cumbria
Warm, malty and rich. Smells a bit like a stout, with an iron, bloody edge to the sweet fruit. There’s some spicy hoppiness, but it’s not excessively hoppy. Some hints of chocolate. 7/10