I’ve recently left my job for pastures new. As a leaving gift, my colleagues gave me a bottle of champagne, London Fields beer and gift vouchers for the brewery (what were they trying to say?) The champagne remains untouched, but the beers are long gone- and what a great selection they were!
3 Weiss Monkeys White IPA (5.5%)
Half German wheat beer and half IPA: I knew from the get go that this would be My Type of Beer. Hazy and golden with a strong, white head, the aroma was of fresh fruit; passion fruit, peach, banana and some citrus in there. It was highly carbonated with the creamy texture you might associate with a wheat beer. Overall I thought it worked really well! Definitely one I’ll be returning to.
The second photo features a beautiful glass I picked up in a charity shop. Unfortunately, due to my tendency to smash things (not on purpose), it is no longer with us.
Hackney Hopster Pacific Pale (4.2%)
A nice session beer up next. And some crafty camera work from yours truly: look at the little bubbles! A nommy dark orange, it had a good looking head that disappeared very quickly. Aroma wise it was very sweet, but had some interesting tropical fruit elements. Taste wise the sweetness definitely came through, which suprised me, but this was balanced out by a sharp, bitter finish. You can probably tell that I wasn’t blown away by this one. I know a lot of people who would like it, but ultimately it’s not one I’ll be running back for. Can’t win ’em all can you?
Love Not War Red Ale (4.2%)
I’d had this on tap a few times, so I was looking forward to giving this bottle a go. As you can see, I thought it was deserving of The Jug. It poured a deep reddish-brown with a fluffy beige head. The aroma was surprisingly fresh and fruity. However, peeking out from behind it was a sweeter, caramel base. The taste was a combination of fruit and hoppiness, but with a darker nutty, caramel maltiness coming through in the background. Sweet, but not overpoweringly so, I really enjoyed this! It’s been added to Charlie’s Favourite Red Ales (this list actually exists).
Now what do I spend those gift vouchers on?