Look’s like we have our highest scoring beer so far… Praise be x
BREWER: Beavertown Brewery, North London
VESSEL: 330ml tin
MOB RATING: 90%
Neck Oil – a genius name from the team at Beavertown Brewery.
Neck Oil canned-up – a genius design from team at Beavertown Brewery.
Neck Oil flowing down the throat – a top brew from the team at Beavertown Brewery.
In more detail:
Neck Oil (which is a session beer by the way!) has it all. The name is brilliant – there will be hundreds of others out there wishing that they had chosen it for their product, but I’m afraid all you others were beaten to the post.
Then there’s that distinctive packaging that could only be from Beavertown, although others (perhaps smarting at missing out on the Neck Oil brand name) are now starting to cash in on this very non-traditional packaging. You would be incredibly hard pushed to find an ale better marketed than this. And any contenders would probably all come from the Beavertown beer catalogue.
Once unleashed from its top-notch encasement, Neck Oil omits the most amazing nose. It’s everything you’d expect from a high-end craft, packed with tropical notes that are a heady temptation to drink. It’s on the drinking that you realise just how clever the name is because, you see, Neck Oil really is neck oil and I’d be happy to oil my neck with this throughout a very long evening. It has such a great length in its bittersweet taste; it goes on and on. Unlike the can, which seems to be emptied all too soon!
Quite simply, Neck Oil is a triumph on all fronts.
Sammy’s Rating: 89%
Right, I’m going to start with a negative, which is frankly ridiculous because when it comes to this monster of a beer, there really are none… but here goes nevertheless.
My initial thoughts on the name NECK OIL left me a little uneasy. It felt a little repugnant to me. But then I processed the name further in that wee brain of mine and it dawned on me just how fantastically genius it actually is. NECK OIL. Just brilliant!!
So I broke the tin open with immence excitement and was not disappointed. The dry citrus nose says to you, ‘I’m good, I’m really good, you better be ready ’. So I braced myself for what I thought could be a taste explosion of grapefruit and orange, however it wasn’t an explosion I got, but an incredible and smooth tasting bitter then dry to finish.. ale, just superb. Obviously there are still citrus tones but not at all overwhelming.
I’ll say it again, AN INCREDIBLE TASTING IPA. The soft hits of citrus and dry finish just takes you on this journey of beer joy that keeps you coming back for more and more from each glass. And before you know it you’re reaching for another. And then another. And then another. And then….. you get the idea. This is a session IPA that tastes OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. It’s not often you can say that about a beer that could slip down all day and all of the night without tipping you over the edge.
Serious hat’s off to you team Beaver..
And all wrapped up in packaging that draws people that see it to blurt out stuff like…
Oh my $£#&, this can looks incredible!! Or
Holy &%£@, what on earth do we have here!?! Or
Seriously, have you seen this £$@&$& tin of ale!!!
Packaging good enough to make you swear, I’ll leave it there…
Jymi’s Rating: 91%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 90%
MOB review next weekend: CAMDEN PALE ALE by CAMDEN TOWN BREWERY
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