Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Craft Beer Review: Code Black from Hardknott

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New brewery for me. Not had a Hardknott on tap or in bottle before. I have seen them in the beer aisle for a while now and as we were going out for a boat BBQ on Sunday it was a good opportunity to try a few new off the rack beers.

Code Black has all of the typical characteristics of what I would call a modern American style beer. It was outrageously hoppy with strong lemon citrus. Very bitter like strong black coffee and had a resinous piney flavour. Quite a high ABV as well.

I found, once I got them home, that a lot of my new beers were on the strong side. I don't know why this is. There was a trend a while back where people were trying to make craft beers as high in ABV as they could. Like higher than trappist type beers. We're talking over 20%.

It seems silly to me. And kind of, what is the word, pretentious? I have had so many good beers that are session strength. Just as hoppy and strong and bitter as this one at 5.6.

Anyways, don't know if I would go for a Code Black again. Many of these American style beers need to be served at colder than cellar temps, and since the only place I seem to drink bottled beer is on the boat where there is no fridge, a good old fashioned warm British ale tastes better.

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