BREWER: Gyle 59, Dorset
VESSEL: 500ml bottle
I’m really loving how different this beer is from packaging to taste and nose to look in glass. It’s not weird different. It’s not controversial different. It’s not trying too hard different. But it is… different.
The packaging is fantastic. It’s neither breathtaking nor thought provoking. It’s not daring or unconventional and there isn’t a skull in sight (this isn’t a dig at Beavertown, I tried to give Gamma Ray 33 points for packaging I seem to remember). But it is striking. The subtle Gyle 59 circles logo, shape of bottle and gorgeous green label make this brew a real sight for sore eyes.
In the glass this IPA hardly looks like a beer at all but more like a high end freshly squeezed apple juice.
Texture wise this brew is again not really like a beer but more like chilled quality still water. The mouth feel is absolutely exceptional.
Now the taste of this ale is a really tricky one. I like it, in fact I really like it, but it is very bitter. And I mean VERY BITTER!! To be totally honest there is tonnes of flavour coming out of Gyle 59’s IPA but picking out what that flavour was proved impossible for me as I couldn’t get beyond the cheek splitting bitterness. But as I said, I really like it.
This IPA is a total move away from the norm without being out there. Gyle 59 have dared to be different and my has it worked out.
Jymi’s Rating: 77%
Sammy’s Rating: 85%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 81%
MOB review next weekend: KNIGHT OF THE GARTER by WINDSOR & ETON BREWERY
ON NOVEMBER 8th THE PIONEERING MEMBERS OF MOB SQUAD WILL BE LETTING YOU KNOW THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE BEER THAT SAMMY AND JYMI WILL ALSO BE REVIEWING