MARKS & SPENCER / BUTCOMBE BREWERY
31 HOP IPA
Review by Andy
An appealing beer with aromas of mint, thyme and grapefruit and a fruity, sherbet taste that’s followed by zesty citrus and warm spice.
Brewed at Butcombe brewery in Bristol, this beer is made with 31 hops from 11 different countries around the world – Cascade, Galaxy, Vic’s secret, Saaz, Strisselspalt, Aramis, Polaris, Brewer’s Gold, Tettnang, Sorachi Ace, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Junga, Savinjski Goldings, Fuggle, WGV, Challenger, First Gold, Bramling Cross, Northdown, East Kent Goldings, Citra, Centennial, Chinook, Mosaic, Sterling, Amarillo, Summit, Simcoe, Equinox, Galena.
Brewed for Marks & Spencer by Butcombe, we’d reviewed a Butcombe beer previously and thought it was pretty good, so I had high hopes for this one.
31 hops seems like an awful lot to me, but they’re the experts so lets see what we’ve got… slightly cloudy and amber in appearance with a nice full head, smells fresh and fruity. Initial tastes are fruity and with a decent subtle grapefruit flavour.
This is a modern version of an IPA, a lot more flavour to it than a standard IPA, loads of flavour, in fact my tastebuds are trying to work out what exactly we have in here, fruity, sugary, citrusy and certainly very hoppy.
This is pretty decent, first gulp is very refreshing and although there are a fair few similar beers to this out there these days – I’d compare this to a craft beer from the USA – this tastes good to me and if this is the standard set by M&S then I will be definitely sampling more of their range.