#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers day 32
Beer: American IPA
Brewer: Tyne Bank Brewery
We’re back on the banks of the Tyne again and it’s another IPA, this one American. It’s time to wake up and smell the hops!
Considering this contains Cascade hops, that’s not the smell that comes through.
Perhaps it’s the mix of the Cascade with Chinook, but what I do get is a light fruity aroma that makes me plead to the beer gods that this is as good as it smells.
Beautifully clear and only a few bubbles (not a fan of too many), so here goes.
I believe the kids would use a sticker on social media that proclaims “Yassss!”
But I’m not a kid, so I’ll just point out that the initial bitter taste is contrasted nicely by a freshness that makes this extremely drinkable.
As I type that, I check the can for an ABV and it’s pretty high at 6%. Obviously not in double figures, but stronger than you’d pick to sit down for a session.
But then I’m not having a session and I’m not saying we should all go out and throw a few cans of this down our necks. For someone who writes about beer, I actually get really bad hangovers, so I’m more a Steady Eddie anyway.
And I would quite happily throw a can or two of these into any of those steady sessions.
Where in the North?
The vibrant city of Newcastle is not only a great place to head for a drink, whether you’re looking for great beer pubs or enjoying a stag or hen do, it’s full of culture and a heart of innovation. William Armstrong, ancestor of TV’s Alexander, was responsible for many inventions, including the hydraulic crane, and his technology is used to power many things, including the Swing Bridge across the Tyne, and London’s Tower Bridge.
Newcastle was the setting for the 1971 film Get Carter and the pub Carter enters after alighting the train in the city is still there, right over the road from the station’s main entrance.
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