I haven’t posted anything in a while, I know. Life’s been getting in the way of my beer quest what with my RoundHouse film, (All finished! will be online soon!), internship and starting a new full time job. But I finally found a spare moment (and some spare cash!).
Seemed like the perfect time for a
Here is the first of a regular feature I’ve wanted to do since starting this blog. As the name suggests, run (or walk leisurely) to a shop and grab a few cans/bottles of something I’ve never tasted before, gulp ’em down, review and rank.
I’ve got to say, for my first beer run I chose brilliantly. I decided to utilize House of Hammerton’s (Holloway Road) takeaway discount I grabbed myself a can of One Mile End’s Juicy 4PM, Yeastie Boys Gunnumatta, ABC’s Charlie don’t surf and Magic Rock’s Highwire Grapefuit. (admittedly, I’ve drank Highwire Grapefruit many times before, I just bought it cos I couldn’t resist…I love the stuff.)
Juicy 4pm(One Mile End):
This was my first time ever having a brew from One Mile End. I’d never even heard of them to be honest, but Oh man I’m glad I found them.
Let’s start with the pour, it was kind of a hazy dirty brown with a thick creamy head… And when I say hazy I MEAN hazy. Pretty sure I saw clouds of sediment pouring into the glass. There was no transparency at all and to be honest I was a little freaked out by the appearance but this is a lesson on why looks aren’t everything because holy shit. This beer is good. The gorgeously sweet, floral aroma already had my taste-buds watering and the flavour was just spot on in everything I like in a beer. Heavy hops, a mild fruity smoothness with a hint of tropical flavours and a bitter, dry aftertaste. It wasn’t as “juicy” as I’d expected…I mean, with a name like Juicy you’d expect more….juice? But that really didn’t matter, it was a solid pale right up my street and I’ll definitely look out for more from One Mile End in the future.
Drink this if you like: Kernal pale brews, pressure drop’s Pale Fire, Orbit’s Ivo.
Charlie don’t surf(Alphabet):
I adore the quirky artwork on this can, the branding is spot on and that’s partly why I was drawn to it. I must admit though I wasn’t all that keen on this one, perhaps because I drank it right after Juicy 4pm?
It had an unusual smell to it, some nice floral hops, a hint of sweetness, accompanied by this strange underlying smell of…sick? Not nice. The taste was better, but still not enough to pull back the disappointment for me. It’s odd because it had everything I like in a beer, citrus, caramel, juicey slightly bitter finish…but just not enough for me. All the flavours felt a little thin, not long lasting. Charlie don’t surf in my mouth that’s for sure. (idk. please bare in mind I’m slightly tipsey whilst typing this review.)
Gunnamatta (Yeastie Boys):
Only my second time having a yeastie boys drink, (the first being a stout, I can’t remember if I liked it or not, I was drunk, but man the name gets me everytime. Yeastie Boys. Fucking genius. Anyways..) Gunnamatta is an Earl Grey IPA, I’ve seen a few Earl Grey IPA’s knocking about but this was my first, I like Earl Grey Tea so, what could go wrong?
This is indeed a nice brew, Pours a golden brown with a nice fruity, tea aroma. very good flavour, again, TEA, obviously, aswell as citrus hops, sweet malts and a little dry. The flavour is a bit peculiar, very recognisable and very tastey. I’m impressed with this one.
High wire Grapefruit (Magic Rock):
It was probably unfair for me to throw this one in the mix, as I said earlier, it’s one of my favorites, and that hasn’t changed. Deep amber pour with a solid white head. Smells like…well grapefruit.
Now this Grapefruit IPA is pretty full on, a sharp punch of juicy goodness. Upon first sip the grapefruit might not be so apparent, with the hoppiness a little overpowering, but as you go on the fruit takes over. It has a very fruity sweet n’ sour grapefruit flavour followed by an extremely bitter grapefruit finish. Basically, grapefruit upon grapefruit upon hops upon more grapefruit…. I’ll confess I’m pretty much drunk at this point in the review. If you were expecting a professional evaluation, you’ve come to the wrong place.
So a decent bunch all in all, nothing I’d knock (except maybe the Charlie Don’t Surf. But the can’s so pretty.)
My Rankings, from worst to best.
4. Charlie Don’t Surf (weird smell.)
3. Gunnamatta (Great beer, the others just over-shadowed it for me)
2.Juicy 4pm (Juicy Number 2!)
1.Highwire Grapefruit. (Duh.)
I’m going to bed.