Ain’t nobody got time for long reviews today. So here’s a very quick look at some beers that I’ve tried recently… funny that these are all IPA or Pale Ales and they’re all local!
Mass Hoppiness (IPA) by Stellenbosch Brewing Company
Stellies recently took home the top award at the SA National Beer Trophy for their Bock. They seem to have come a loooong way since I last visited a few years back.
This IPA is wonderful – everything you’d expect from a West Coast IPA. Dank, bitter, aromatic, fruity. Damn good.
Give it a try – best place to get is League of Beers.
Dead Reckoning (IPA) by Devils Peak
One of their latest New England IPAs in their explorer series, I found this one to be … okay.
It’s well brewed and juicy for sure, but I think they went a little heavy on the lactose. It’s almost too creamy.
Good tropical flavours though – like a fruity tutti milkshake. But it’s just not my fave from Devils Peak.
Flower Child (IPA) by Old Potter’s Brewhouse
Situated in Greyton, in the Overberg is a fairly new brewery called Old Potter’s.
This India (not Indian… :-p) Pale Ale is unique in that it uses floral hops rather that citrusy/tropical hops. It makes for such a pleasant change! The bitterness is still there, it’s well balanced too but it’s the hops that really make this one stand out.
For something a little different, I highly recommend it.
Cut and Run (Pale Ale) by Devil’s Peak
I was lucky enough to receive this Cut and Run along with the Dead Reckoning above in a cool package from Devil’s Peak. It’s got the same sort of feel as the one above, but it beats the Dead Reckoning hands down. This could easily be added to my favourite pale ales available right now. Some great guava notes upfront but it’s all tropical.
It’s brilliant – flavourful but not challenging, bold yet drinkable. Simply delish.
Crafted Pale Ale by Metal Lane Inner City Brewing Co.
Honestly, I’d never heard of these guys until it arrived in my #tastingleague box. And if I’m brutally honest, I was nervous. I always get a little nervous when trying a new beer – mostly because I’ve been “burnt” so many times with bad ones.
But this one wasn’t off or bad. It was actually pretty good. I could swear that I got a slight metallic note on the nose, and I think it could be a little fuller in the body. It ends a little insipidly for me, but it’s “light and flavourful” as promised.
Have you tried any of these? What did you think of them?