Scott in Irish Times by John Wilson
From Take it Home by John Wilson in The Irish Times
Fri, Oct 9, 2015

Millennium Imperial IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing

I met Scott from Eight Degrees in the basement corridor of a Dublin hotel this week. He was gently bemoaning the massive delays they have encountered in expanding their brewery down in Mitchelstown. Lack of space puts a huge pressure on everything and everyone in a brewery, but he seems to be handling it well. However, lack of space hasn’t stopped them releasing a series of interesting seasonal beers. I tried the spicy malty Ochtoberfest Bock, sadly now all gone, and the Millennium amongst others at the Craft Beer Fest.

For their thousandth brew, the team decided to make the most alcoholic, most highly hopped beer yet, coming in at a warming 10% alcohol. It is complex on nose and palate, full-bodied with masses of resin and masses of peach and pineapple fruits, finishing very long and dry. Remarkably well-balanced and very enjoyable. Definitely not a session beer; this is one to sit down and slowly savour while watching Mike Ross sprint in for his fourth try against the French… in the Millennium stadium.

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