Strolling around my local Morrisons I came across three small (330ml) bottles that I thought would be worth trying. One of these, the Brewdog, I have tried before (and reviewed) but the taste of this batch is so different to the earlier one I tried that I felt it needed reviewing again.
Adnams Spindrift (5.0% ABV)
This beer stands out from the crowd by coming in an appealing blue glass bottle. It is described as a blonde beer so I was thinking it would be similar in appearance to their Explorer beer. It is not quite as blonde as that one but it has a nice pale golden appearance. It had a pleasant fruity aroma and the initial taste was a little citrussy with some slight sweet orange notes. There was a little spiciness coming into it the more I drank and it all gave way to a nice refreshing bitter finish. Very pleasing and I awarded it a score of 8/10.
Brewdog Punk IPA (5.6% ABV)
When I tried this beer a few months ago I found it to be quite a fruity American-style pale ale. It had a pale golden colour and the hoppiness was quite restrained. My review was included with a number of IPA reviews and at the time it was not coming out on top for me. This time I found the appearance to be paler and the aroma was very citrussy with strong grapefruit notes. This was looking promising. The citrussy hops hit me immediately. The grapefruit / lemony flavours were powerful. Grapefruit initially but giving way to a more gentler lemony aftertaste. This was simply a stunning beer and I would have to award it top marks. I have heard that consistency is an issue for Brewdog from various blogs I read and fellow beer enthusiasts I listen to. If they could just keep it as it is now I would drink a great deal more of it.
Barry Island IPA (6.0% ABV)
This beer is described as being produced at the Brains craft brewery. This new 10 barrel plant is being used to brew small batches of experimental beers I assume and this is their second creation. It is described as being an American style IPA with a 'unique smooth malt taste upfront' which is 'finished off by a vigorous bitterness and a ‘tidy’ clout of citrus and berry hop flavours'. Well they must have missed something out here. Initially I thought it had quite a rich fruity taste but my taste buds probably hadn't adjusted from the Punk IPA. The more I drank the maltier it became and the hops were giving me some sour orange flavours. My wife liked it alot but for me it was a little too weird. Something wasn't quite right with the mix of flavours giving a little harshness to the aftertaste. I awarded it a score of 6/10.