#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 70
Beer: 01_18 Off Tempo DIPA
The Brewer: Bad Co
Ok, so it's day 80 of 80 and I'm sitting down with double IPA to wrap up #AroundTheNorthIn80Beers. Here goes...
Unsurprisingly, there’s a strong smell of hops that hits you as soon as you open the can.
The taste is really powerful and a touch harsh, but it settles down and te aftertaste is far more pleasant than that first hit.
Unfortunately it seems for a while like every mouthful is the same, so if that first hit isn’t to your taste, it’s something you’re going to have to put up with to get that delayed gratification.
But then your palette adjusts and gets used to it. That "pow" moment feels less jarring and it settles down and becomes a more enjoyable, rounded beer.
Overall, it’s not my favourite Bad Co beer, but if you’re sipping away on a Sunday night, you can do a lot worse.
Where in the North?
Ok, so this is an unusual one. The brewery is based at Dishforth Airfield, an RAF/Army station in North Yorkshire. Hard to imagine the pilots or soldiers going into battle after a few Wild Gravitys.
Dishforth was the first base to receive the Apache helicopter and had 16 of them, divided between two squadrons.
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