Big Job (7.2% ABV, bottle)
Deep golden with a white head that stays well and quite a high level of carbonation. The aroma is very IPA: bold, quite spicy hops, with a citrus edge. On the palate, it’s just divine. So much going on. It’s hoppy, yes, and yet the malt balance is good — bready and grainy. The hop addition is powerful, but not overpowering. Important distinction. There’s orange citrus, lemon pith, resinous and spicy notes, hints of mint, a little mango. The overall package is so smooth and, for 7.2% ABV, so drinkable. I could just sip — sip — this all evening!
Buy: I got mine from Tesco. It only appears to be available in a mixed box from the brewery.
(19th May, 2020)
Tribute (4.2% ABV, bottle)
It’s Britain’s best-loved beer, according to a 2020 survey, and it’s easy to see its popular, modern, everyman appeal. Clear golden/amber with a slightly off-white head, the aromas is light malt with light orange citrus and a little pine. On the palate, there’s a lovely balance of grainy malt, orange citrus, light grapefruit, and lemon pith. There’s a very satisfying bitterness on the finish. Clean, refreshing, and moreish.
Buy: I got mine from Sainsbury’s. It’s available on the brewery website.
(13th November, 2020)