Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Kent Craft Beer Review: Curious IPA from Chapel Down

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Curious IPA was an amber bitter. Very malty, like almost marmite malty. Very rich flavours, rye bread, nutty full bodied.

This is what I would call a true IPA. A medium dark malty beer. Not these resinous citrus gold bitters that often get an IPA tagged on the name.  Because they are "pale" presumably. A true IPA is only pale in relation to other kinds of beers that were being made in the 18th and 19th century. Which were dark stouts and porters.

As such I was disappointed. I am so used to ordering an IPA and getting a lovely hoppy bitter resinous citrusy beer that getting a real IPA was a minor betrayal!

Interesting side note: Chapel Down also make wine!

Interesting side note part II: as much as I would like to believe that London is some sort of craft beer Mecca, it is still fairly easy to end up in a pub with no pumps and nothing but European lager on the taps. This one had a couple of bottled varieties on offer but that was it.

That being said, they (The Gable on Moorgate) made a very good pina colada and drinks are half price between 4 and 6. When life gives you lager...

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