BREWER: Pomona Island, Greater Manchester, England
VESSEL: 440ml tin
DATE OF POST: 8th May 2023
Now this is how you do an IPA!
So many times before I’ve bemoaned average IPA. We all know it’s a crowded market, with every craft brewery pushing their fares. More often than not, these offerings are perfectly drinkable, if not very good beers. But they all fall into oblivion, impossible to distinguish them from the last one you had. But here, we have Truth and the Grey Gloves Devil. And it’s better than good.
The hops, which I won’t list (classic ones used in making craft IPAs and listed on the can), are so well balanced. They come together in a way that makes the beer sing. Not literally but on your tastebuds. Sure, there’s all the usual notes you’d expect from a good IPA, but they are so well brewed that what we end up with is a product that’s greater than the sum of its parts. TATGGD is a delight to get your way through. It’s masterful from first mouthful to last draining of the glass.
It is so refreshing, literally and metaphorically, to have an IPA that delivers. There is no occasion when TATGGD wouldn’t be suitable beer companion. It’s big and it’s clever.
Cracking beer. Seriously, get your beer mitts on one. You will not regret it.
Sammy’s Rating: 91%
Many years ago now myself, our old pal Ralph the landlord and a few other folk from the Dog and Dickhead went on a sea fishing trip. Ralph, a straight down the line Yorkshireman was a seasoned man of the waves and was keen to get a few of the locals involved to pull some fish from the sea with efficiency. Clever play on words there Ralphy boy I thought, so I agreed to go on the trip.
An unlikely collection of lads assembled early AM on a chilly March morning… and took to the ocean with much gusto.
Four hours into the trip and with no one having much to write home about, let alone have a picture taken with some straining scales (weighing device, not a bloated fish).
But thing’s were about to change…
Ralph suddenly hollered at the top of his lungs…
BOIZE!!! GIT THE NIT!!! WE GOTTA BEAUUUUTY HERE!!! YOU LIL’ RIIIIIIIPPER!!!!!
Now the whole crew were left aghast! Yes, because of the volume that Ralph could yell,, but mainly because of the Australian accent that came out of nowhere. This has not been heard nor spoken of since.
The fish Ralph landed that day was indeed a beauty… as is the brew we have for review this week. YOU LIL’ RIIIIIIIIIPER!!!
The Truth and the Grey Gloves Devil is a superb beer. It really is.
Notes and early scoring on this beer were shaping it up to get a very good score and write up… but things then just got better and better, for the beer and score anyway… I can only apologise about the write up.
TTATGGD starts you off on your journey with a tropical and juicy beginning, moving to a faint bitter finish that slowly creeps back in and then intensifies to an orange aftertaste. Very good.
Around halfway through the brew, as things start to mellow out a little, there is suddenly a move to Mango in the aftertaste. Very subtle at first and doesn’t move on to mad, but without doubt grows as you near the end of your TATTGGD experience.
Looks double dry hopped.
Tastes double dry hopped.
Notes on the tin suggest it may not be double dry hopped?
But I don’t give a f**k frankly as it tastes INCREDIBLE.
Good onya Pamona Island.
Jymi’s Rating: 95%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 93%
MOB review next weekend: SCHOFFERHOFER GRAPEFRUIT by SCHOFFERHOFER
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