BREWER: Beavertown, North London, England
STYLE: Blood Orange IPA
VESSEL: 330ml tin
DATE OF POST: 15th August 2020
I have to be honest, I get pretty excited about every beer that we test. From the well known superstars that pretty much always deliver to the totally unknown brutes that look like they have been dug from a hole but sometimes, definitely not always, turn out to be cracking brews.
But I was especially excited about Bloody ‘Ell, for many reasons…
It had been a while since I had consumed a brew from the North London genius that is Beavertown and even longer since we had tested an offering from those merry men (715 days 4 hours 18 minutes and 37 seconds – ish). What also excited me was the thought of a Blood Orange IPA, especially from the capable hands of these guys. But what really got me running around my bedroom screaming Mummy Mummy is it test day yet??? was the incredible wee glass that I had managed to pick up just a matter of days prior to reviewing this thing. Just look at it!! AWESOME DOES NOT DO IT JUSTICE.
So I popped the tin, poured the beer, took a good whiff then took a picture for our review.
I then took my first sip and although nice I was not instantly impressed. Upon reaching for my WICKED glass a second time I was thinking shocking thoughts that this IPA was going to disappoint… and although the second sip didn’t do too much to calm me by the time sip three rocked around the flavour rockets began to tee off. Tart Blood Orange bursts began to become noticeable during the sip and also in the aftertaste. Not massive explosions but not subtle hints either, just somewhere in between that… worked.
This IPA is subtle at first but once properly underway you wish you had a 440mler instead of the 330.
All in all this is a clever ass brew and with a name as good as BLOODY ‘ELL and tin art that is second to none, what is not to like eh?
Jymi’s Rating: 85%
Beavertown make some cracking beers. It’s a fact. They’ve ridden the craft wave exceptionally well. And make no bones about it, Bloody ‘Ell does not disappoint.
Due to their undeniable success, part of me wanted to not like this. I wanted to be able to say that I didn’t agree with the masses; that I am somehow different to others. I wanted to be able to say that my tastebuds are a cut above others.
But, I can’t. I can’t do that. I can’t do it because Bloody ‘Ell is fantastic. It’s balanced well. It’s easy to drink. It’s crisp, refreshing and light in the mouth. It’s everything that a craft beer should be.
I take off my metaphorical hat to Beavertown. They are setting the bar high and delivering quality time and again. And, secretly, I can’t help but look forward to my next venture into their range, even if outwardly I might pretend otherwise.
Sammy’s Rating: 96%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 90.5%
MOB review next weekend: LONDON PALE ALE by MEANTIME BREWING COMPANY