This Is Beer Blog Vol. 10: Move over, Rover
Four vibrant and tasty UK craft beers this week, including a hazy pale ale, sour and porter.
After last time’s transatlantic jaunt, our craft beer reviews continue with a look at some of Wales and the UK’s best brewers. These beers are available online and in store: just drop us a line if you fancy something you can’t see!
Siren – Send Me Sunshine (Sour) – 7.4%
Firm favourites Siren (some of whose beers feature in our 4 for £8 deal) shine brightly with this Slim Pickens collab. Packed with mangos (honestly, over a tonne of mango puree used in the brewing process) with a helping of vanilla, the oats and wheat make this a thick, juicy sour that’s like a Solero in a can. Massive indeed.
S43 Brewery – Rorschach (Porter) – 8.1%
Winter might be over, but this baltic porter from S43 is a real treat that refreshes with depth. Lagered for 7 weeks, fermented cold… it’s richness balanced by a lightness that makes it an unexpectedly easy-drinker for something clocking in over 8%. A real sipper, there’s a warmth that comes through the cold. A genuinely good porter to ease into spring with.
Crafty Devil Brewing – Are You Experienced? (Hazy Pale Ale) – 4.7%
Cardiff brewers Crafty Devil have brought one of their favourites back, and this squishy hazy pale is full of citrus goodness. A zest on top of a lovely thickness makes this hazy pale ale an easy-drinker that tastes better as you go on. Perfect to have over some sweet blues licks.
Double-Barrelled – Cagoule (India Pale Lager) – 6.2%
Best of both worlds for hop-heads and lager drinkers here from Doubled-Barrelled. This is a finely balanced beer that is all about the Citra up front, before lager takes over your tongue afterwards. A real split flavour which makes for an interesting drinking experience. It caters very well for fans of either, without a doubt.