Three beers from Hawkshead Brewery, all 6% ABV, all part of a new Well Hopped range.
Windermere Pale includes Goldings and Citra. Really pale gold with a thick white foam. Citra jumps out first with that pungently sharp grapefruit, pine and orange character, then the bitterness is like a steam roller, hitting the tongue and growing and growing and never giving up but never getting too much. Something peachy pokes through then come grapes and elderflower and a big fruit bowl of other delicious things. The doesn’t interfere with all those hops, which is a good thing.
Cumbrian Five Hop includes Fuggles, Citra and Amarillo. It’s darker than Windermere Pale, pouring an amber colour. Lush apricot-like Amarillo comes first, then juicy tangerines, then some earthy, herbal stuff in the background. The malt is more bulky in this, giving a more rounded texture and some tangy caramel to hold everything together. Where the bitterness in Windemere Pale hits and grows, this one hits and hangs around throughout. For me, it doesn’t have the impact of the other two, but it’s still damn delicious.
New Zealand Pale Ale is Green Bullet, Motueka, Riwaka and Nelson Sauvin. Those names alone are enough to get my thirst raging. I might not have smelt a more awesome beer this year. Oranges, tangerines, pineapple, perfumy grape flesh, nectarines – it’s like fruit juice and I love that. The colour is right between the other two and it holds a beautiful foam throughout – the foam on all these beers is excellent. The body is big but somehow doesn’t have a noticeable malt profile – it’s just somehow there holding the hops up onto a big platform for them to holler out loud. Bitterness kicks on the way down and just makes you want to drink more. Beautiful.
A showcase of hops and a showcase of great brewing – these three are really excellent. They are all made on cask as well, though Windermere Pale and Cumbrian Five Hop are both much bigger in bottle. One complaint, which is pedantically minor, is that I want to know all of the hop varieties used in each beer not just two or three of the five. At least the NZPA tells me everything that’s in there.
I don’t drink enough Hawkshead beer. I need to drink more because they make very good beer.
They sound quite drinkable. I caught some praise for their imperial stout on ghostdrinker, I'll have to try then soon. Where did you get yours from?ReplyDelete
These came from the brewery. They are selling them on the shop now. Definitely worth getting!Delete
Well Mark what you need to do is drag yourself up to the grim north and get to their next beer festival which runs from 19 to 21 July. Here's a link to the beer list from the last festival they had (I was there) so you can see what you missed.ReplyDelete
See you there?
Nice line-up! I get back from Greece the weekend before but I might be able to sneak up there... maybe only for the Saturday though, will any beer be left?!Delete
I always go on the Saturday and only two or three beers have gone by then (and there are usually several waiting in the wings to go on).Delete
Nzpa is always the one that got away for me...ill get it one day!ReplyDelete
Hawkshead are awesome, these 3 new 6% are spot on, NZ pale (6%) and Windemere pale (the non 6% version) in cask are two of my favourite beers ever!!ReplyDelete
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You'd like Hawkshead's brewery tap visitor centre thingummy. Plenty of opportunities from its "British tapas" menu for FABPOWS. Although it's only 30 miles from me sadly it's impossible to do by public transport. Grrr.ReplyDelete
Grabbed £40 worth of these on Friday from the Brewery shop. All superb, and although similar at 6%, each nicely different. So glad they didn't bottle condition themReplyDelete