Hoppy Xmas Countdown – 6 Dec

Todays beer is a new kid on the block. I’ve met the brewer, Wayne at various local Wort Hogs (home brewers club) meetings and events. The most recent was at Brewcraft’s Saturday session where he handed one over to me to try. I’m so glad he did ūüôā

Name: Brixton Bitter
Brewery: New Brixton
Country: Jozi, South Africa
Style: English bitter (pale ale)
Rating: 3.75 / 5

Ok the first thing to notice about this beer is the label. Isn’t it gorgeous? The art deco style and the muted colours really appeal to me. I also love that the Brixton Tower is the focal point. It’s a little reminiscent of the¬†City Street¬†packaging.

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It pours clear and golden with some decent head. As it poured I was almost surprised by the hop aromas coming off it, but that dissipates into more of a balanced nose with some toffee.
The flavours are mostly mild, there is a great balance between the malt sweetness and the bittering hops and the finish has an earthy, bitter character. Ash loved this beer and really wanted more.

Now I have tried a good few English Pale Ales recently and they generally underwhelm. Not that they’re badly brewed but I think that maybe I’m just not a huge fan of the style. I found this one a bit different. It’s got more hop character than typical EPAs, but not nearly in the same quantity (or character) as American Pale Ales. It’s a really nice mix of the earthy, mild flavours of an English Style beer with a little more hop kick. It’s easy going, relaxed but complex enough to satisfy.

I warned you already, it’s a new brew. So you’re not going to find it in your local liquor store yet.¬†But check out this handy map¬†for where you can get some. #cheers!

 

 

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