Now this is how you make a beer. No honey added, no orange twist, no shandy of lemonade. It would make an ideal complement to wedge fries and curry sauce.
STYLE: American IPA
LOOK: Let’s start with the head. Fluffy isn’t the right word. It’s more like one of those moon rocks with holes throughout. The volume is there facially, punctured though it is. The color – a creamy, mellow amber.
NOSE: Sunflower seeds, pistachios, sweet pine needles, black licorice, fresh mint. Unfathomably complex.
MOUTH: Predominantly lemon, fresh, black cardamom, buttered nuts. Strong malty backbone, pizza crust and English muffins. Maybe a tad astringent with the finish, my only real complaint, if you can call it that, is that I wish more of the nose came through in the mouth.
Beeradvocate Rating: 92
Hayward Abbey Rating: 90