Drunk in… March

What did March bring us? A bollock load of juicy DIPAs and IPAs apparently. As well as heading to Madrid for some beery delights, below are our favourite beers for March…

Hedges

Hop Candy
Siren Craft Brew
IPA – Imperial / Double
9.2% ABV
It appears to be DIPA season, at least for Hedges and this big, boozey edition from Siren ranks up there with one of the best. The notable thing in this was how limey it was and it worked very well alongside the tropical fruit flavours and bitter finish.

Pulp
Verdant Brewing Co.
IPA – Imperial / Double
8% ABV
I had this in the same evening as Double Chin (see below) and thought this was the better beer. It hides its 8% very well and I could’ve easily sank a few of these without realising. It’s a DIPA so you get the usual hoppy, fruity, juicy flavours with a hit of bitterness at the end – however, the balance is spot on here and I’d love to try it on tap somewhere.  I really enjoyed the can design too, the vibrant colours and big cartoony style text is great.  

Semi-Skimmed Occultist
BrewDog
Stout – Oatmeal
8% ABV
The last dark beer I had from BrewDog (Self-Assembly Pope) was a bit of a mis-fire so I was a bit dubious about this one. However, an oatmeal stout is right up my street compared to a coconut porter and this made up for it in spades. Smooth mouthfeel and wonderful aromas of chocolate, vanilla and a hint of coffee. Opulent!

Image taken from: Edge Brewing website

Padrino Porter – Chocolate & Vanilla
Edge Brewing Barcelona
Porter – American
6.9% ABV
Probably the best beer I had in Madrid – essentially tasted like chocolate milk and totally did not feel like it was nearly 7%. Our hype man below will likely gush about it more than me as he immediately started fist-pumping and shouting after his first sip.  

Squealer
Siren Craft
Sour – Berliner Weisse
6.5% ABV
On paper, I shouldn’t really like this as much as I do but it’s very good. I’m warming to berliner weisse as a style and with the mixture of raspberries and brett yeast gives it a lovely, complex fruit and tart finish.

Double Chin
Beavertown
IPA – Imperial / Double
8.5% ABV
Brewed as part of Beavertown’s birthday celebrations, this supercharged version of Neck Oil was great – super hoppy and resin-y* (is that a word?). I found this to be a lot less fruity than other DIPAs I’ve had recently which was a welcome change. Definitely a maltier type but enjoyable.

*Apparently the word I was after is ‘resinous’. The more you know.

 

Brand

Lucky Jack Grapefruit Edition
Lervig
Pale Ale – American
4.7% ABV
My first time trying Lervig and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. This Grapefruit edition of Lucky Jack from Lervig’s core range has a dark, almost marmalade like flavour. It’s more bitter than some of the other Grapefruit beers i’ve tried and I found that worked really well with this pale ale.

Inhaler
Magic Rock Brewing
IPA – Session
4.5% ABV
Great beer, strong flavours. Reminded me of of Brew Dog’s Elvis Juice but more of a session beer. I will definitely be making this one a regular.

Clwb Tropicana
Tiny Rebel Brewing Co
IPA – American
5.5.% ABV
It took me bloody ages to get my hands on a can of this, thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. Light with great tropical flavours and really cool can art to boot. Hopefully I can try it somewhere on tap soon.  

New England IPA
BrewDog
IPA – American
6.8% ABV
Massively fruity, at times I was a bit perturbed as I actually thought I was drinking an Innocent smoothie. I had heard great things and it managed to live up to the hype. Cheers to Millar for picking this one up for us!

Image taken from: Edge Brewing website

Padrino Porter – Chocolate & Vanilla
Edge Brewing Barcelona
Porter – American
6.9% ABV
As previously mentioned, last month we visited Madrid (check out the write-up if you haven’t already). El Pedal was my favourite bar and it just so happened to be our local too. I was a massive hype man for this Porter, it tasted exactly like drinking a vanilla ice cream coke float, amazing. I’m not joking when I say I could have drunk gallons of the stuff. 

 

Image taken from Fábrica Maravillas website

Malasaña Ale
Fábrica Maravillas
Pale Ale – American
5.4% ABV
My other favourite bar in Madrid was Fábrica Maravillas, a really cool modern bar with a micro-brewery set-up (and awesome bar snacks). All of their beers were great and I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in Madrid. This ale gets an honoury mention as one of their best out of many.

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