BREWER: By The Horns, South West London
VESSEL: 330ml tin
Sammy’s Rating: 61%
It must have been early November 1992 when the boy Jymi shared a set of earphones with his then buddy Ted. Ted had a walkman the lucky so ‘n’ so and not just any walkman no, he had the Sony Sports Walkman all dressed up in brilliant yellow. Ted pressed play and my world changed forever….
# WELL I’M SAILING #
It was the most unbelievable sound of Suck my Kiss by Red Hot Chili Peppers. I immediately fell in love. This prompted me to hassle my Mum non stop for a few weeks to buy me not only Blood Sugar Sex Magik (the album Suck my Kiss is on) but also the then recently released What Hits!? (a completion album made up mainly of their previous slightly lesser known work). Once me Mam eventually succumbed I got to work on flooding my intrigued little brain with these tunes. After some research it turned out that the tracks on the compilation album that I was most drawn to were the ones from the 1985 album Freaky Styley. This drew me to the producer of this album… George Clinton… and this drew me to Funkadelic ( the band George was kinda involved in ;0) ) and ultimately funk in general.
The funk was in me and the rest as they say, is history.
It’s probably fair to say that I’m a fan of a hop too? I mean, I co write for a non multi award winning beer blog for s*#ts sake?!?
Now, I used to often lay awake in bed at night wondering what would happen if somehow, just somehow, Hops and Funkadelic could be combined….. and then after what seemed like an infinite wait, By The Horns sent the Mothership and delivered me and the world.… HOPADELIC.
So I pulled the 1971 album Maggot Brain from it’s sleeve, cued up the track Wars of Armageddon and poured myself a glass of this session IPA…
Ok, first up there is no missing the incredible pineapple aroma that this beer emits… it is an absolute delight and basically says to the drinker, “Stop messing about and have a sip”. So I did as I was told and jumped right on in.
Baaaaam! Bags and bags of flavour coming from this cat. Hopadelic hits you up with a lovely dry mouth feel with a tour bus load of bitter but somehow tropical hits that build to a classic IPA finish. You could drink this brew well into the night too and it wouldn’t miss a beat.
This brewery from South West London have taken the proverbial bull By The Horns and delivered an absolute funkateer of a beer, you hear!
Get it. Get it down. Then get on down.
Jymi’s Rating: 88%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 74.5%
MOB review next weekend: LONDON GOLD by YOUNG’S