BREWER: Fiftytwo North (Woodforde’s Brewery), Norfolk, England
VESSEL: 330ml tin
DATE OF POST: 1st July 2022
See, from an idle glance I thought this tin was quite cool, but it’s not. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and the electricity burst down at the bottom of the tin to go along with our name, VOLTAGE, is frankly laughable it is so dated. I’m going to move onto the nose and taste shortly, but I just wanted to put over a tiny bit of positivity first. Voltage as a beer name is cracking, really good, but I am afraid the beer quality does not follow in line. Not even close.
The nose is metallic, forced and artificial. The taste is metallic, forced and artificial. This is a poor beer and feels like a bit of a stocking / Beer 52* box filler to me. That’s it. Bye.
*this brew was not purchased via Beer 52. That was just a blatant dig at their predominantly poor offerings.
Jymi’s Rating: 28%
So, with a name like Voltage, should we be prepared to be shocked? Sorry, I could not resist.
Anyway, Voltage is a craft IPA. I’m not going to launch into my usual muttering about the crowded market in which it sits (ok, I just did via the side door).
Straight up, there are two distinct differences to what you might ordinarily expect. Firstly, the colour is not hazy or light. It’s more amber almost like a golden ale. The second point is that the nose is not tropical or fruity; it’s more malty. Now, Woodforde’s Brewery describe the nose as floral and pine (along with the usual suspects for a modern IPA). I have to say that I didn’t get that at all. If it’s there, it must be very subtle.
Let’s sup in to find out what’s going on…
Voltage is different. It has a well-balanced hoppy flavour that is not too overpowering. In the background some light fruitiness does come through and all in all it makes for a pleasant drink. The length of the taste is good.
Although the shocks weren’t too severe, I’d happily have another Voltage.
Sammy’s Rating: 74%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 51%
MOB review next weekend: RAINBOW SHERBET SOUR by GWEILO BEER
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