Crooked Stave – Hop Savant

Crooked Stave - Hop SavantIt’s Day 10 of the #12BeersOfXmas, only two more to go! Today’s beer can only be described as “different”…

I picked this one up (along with a few others) whilst in New York a month or so ago and I’ve been really looking forward to trying this. It’s made by Crooked Stave, and it’s an American Pale Ale, made with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops, but here’s the twist it’s fermented in oak foeders (they look like barrels) entirely with brettanomyces! This is my first 100% brett beer so here goes…

Crooked Stave – Hop Savant (6.7%, 375ml bottle)

The beer pours a very hazy light straw colour with a small white head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma is very very different – highly acidic, lemony, sweet and with a very faint hint of maltiness, not at all like a “regular” pale ale.

The flavour is very much aligned to the aroma; acidic, slightly sour and light bodied. The only beer I’ve ever had that is similar to this was a Rodenbach in of all places a Fullers pub a few months back – I really quite enjoyed that then, and I’m enjoying this one now. It’s not a beer for gulping down, but one for sipping slowly.

Overall I really quite enjoyed this one. It’s not one I could have every day, or every week even, but every now and then something like this would be lovely!

Tiny Rebel – The Full Nelson

Tiny Rebel - The Full NelsonIt’s Day 4 of the #12BeersOfXmas. Today’s entry is one from South Wales.

Tiny Rebel – The Full Nelson (4.8%, 330ml bottle)

This pours light golden in colour with a slight orange hue and a little bit hazy. It’s well carbonated and pours with a small fluffy head.

There’s not much aroma to this one, just very subtle hops and a hint of tropical fruits such as pineapple.

These hoppy and tropical fruit characters are much more pronounced in the taste, and it’s light bodied and really pleasant to drink and reminds me a little bit of Brewdog’s Punk IPA, just more subtle and drinkable.

Overall this is a really nice pale ale, I could happily drink this one again!

The Kernel – Pale Ale ABC

Kernel Pale Ale ABCI’ve been looking forward to this one for a little while… Not only is this from one of my favourite of the London microbreweries (The Kernel), it’s also a collaboration brew with some members of my homebrew club (London Amateur Brewers), made with all Eastern European hops – aurora, bobek and celeia.

Aroma – Pine, resin and a slight hint of sweet tropical fruit.

Appearance – Light golden in colour and with a creamy white head that persisted throughout.

Flavour – Interesting. Similar pine and resin notes to the aroma, but not overpowering – quite similar to some of the IPA’s you get from The Kernel, but slightly more subdued. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel – Medium/light bodied, slight carbonation, and leaves and nice fizz in the mouth.

Would I buy more? – I would love to, but I think they may all be gone already!