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Style: Cascadian dark ale
Malt: Irish pale ale malt, Caramunich, Carafa, Caraaroma, wheat.
Hops: Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. Dry hopped with Amarillo.
Colour/appearance: a dark, dark body with an off white head.
Aroma: there’s a cornucopia of tropical fruit up front, with notes of lemon peel and grapefruit, followed by pine.
Flavour: this is a beer that doesn’t taste like it looks. As you sip, there’s a cascading series of flavours. First you notice what a rounded smooth sipper it is, then comes a burst of sweet stone fruit – peaches and nectarines – followed by hop bitterness. There’s also a hint of spice and dark roast espresso.
Aftertaste: a lingering lemon pith on the palate.
This dark hoppy beer is satisfying enough in itself to drink alone but, if you really insist, we’d recommend that you have it as an aperitif – lots of bitterness there to stimulate the appetite – with roasted nuts, olives, oil-preserved anchovies and pickled lupini beans. Or keep it for afterwards. It will pair nicely with raspberry sorbet, complement a lemon tart or cut through any creamy cheese (vegan cheese included!) that you have on hand.
Availability: 440ml cans, limited draught.
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