Gamma Ray, Beavertown Brewery
Beavertown Brewery was founded in 2011 in Hackney. Beavertown was the old cockney name given to the historic ‘de beauvoir’ area, famed across Victorian London for its rich characters and infinite revelry.
Gamma Ray, Beavertown Brewery, London
I’ve been to Beavertown on several occasions, but this was my first taste of beer from there. Gamma Ray is in keeping with a great many of London’s craft beers in that the bitter oils from the hops are front and centre. There is not a lot of weight to the mouthfeel. The hops are grassy and there is a top note of an elderly gentleman’s cologne. It’s done well if you like this style, it is not subtle and I couldn’t finish the bottle. 5/10
St. Lupulin, Odell
Odell Brewing Company was founded in 1989 and a front runner on the craft beer scene in the USA. Up there with the best. A big influence on the best brewers on this side of the water.
St. Lupulin, Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado
MINDBLOWING. One of the best IPA I’ve ever had. Lupulin is a resin extracted from certain hops, the oil from which give this beer its flavour. Wonderful mouthfeel with perfect complex weight, long finish, clean bright floral hops with a smack of grapefruit peel imparting a kiss of bitterness. 9.5/10
Williams Bros started out life in the early 1990s as a small brewery making a heather-infused beer. It was renamed Williams Bros when it moved to its current brewery in Alloa in 2004. They are a craft brewer focusing mainly on bottled beers, and with a broad, contemporary range. I really liked this pale/golden ale, with its pronounced hoppy character.
Gonny No Brew That, Williams Bros, Alloa
A light ale with lots of Amarillo hops. Pale yellow colour. Highly aromatic, fresh and citrussy with nice bitter hop notes, like a supercharged lager. Fresh and lively. 7.5
I was really taken by this Welsh ale, from Tom Newman’s The Celt Experience brewery.
Celt Silures Crafted Ale Bracis-Curmi, Caerphilly, Wales
Warm, sweet toffee and malt nose. In the mouth this is creamy and sweet but with herby, spicy, citrussy notes and some piney, hoppy bitterness providing balance. Distinctive, rich and complex yet also with freshness. Superb. 8/10 (Oddbins)
The Kernel, London
This beer, from superstar London craft brewery The Kernel, is close to perfection. Powerful, complex and balanced, it’s just fabulous.
The Kernel Double Citra IPA
Amazing aromatics here: citrus, spice, peach, passionfruit, flowers. Concentrated, powerful, rounded palate manages to be balanced despite the intensity of flavour. Really amazing hoppy depth, with richness and hoppiness in perfect marriage. 9.5/10