IPA • 6.3 % ABV • Caerphilly, Wales
Next on the list is a beer brewed by one of my favourite local breweries who have undergone something of a transformation.
Goodbye Celt Experience and hello Lines Brew Co.
Taking advantage of water from an on-site bore hole aquifer and a view to installing solar panels to heat said water, Lines plan on brewing up natural and energy-efficient farmhouse beers following a Ley Lines method.
The behind this method is that the letters below represent a particular beer style, but where the lines intersect, a new beer style is born.
According to Head Brewer Tom Newman, no beer will be produced more than once.
A) Myrcene Line – Hops (IPA/ Pale) – yellow
B) White Line – White beer (Wit/ Weiss) – white
C) Belgian Line – Of Belgian or French origin (saison, abbey, biere de garde) – red
D) Green Line – Varying age in wood foudres, Organic and / or locally harvested beers (sour, fruit beer) – green
E) Country Line – Traditional beers that are often synonymous with the country/ region of origin
F) Black Line – Dark beers (Imperial Stout/ Bourbon aged Stout) – black
During a recent visit to Lines Brew Co just before Christmas, I had an opportunity to chat with Tom Newman about where things are currently with Lines and what is coming up next.Tom was also kind enough to gift me the beer that I will be trying.
Today, I give you a review of Lines Brew Co – Dry Hopped IPA (Line A).
Lets crack it open and get this show on the road.
The dry hopped IPA is pale gold in colour with plenty of dry hopped haze and produces a small white head, made up of fairly large bubbles which settles fairly quickly.
Its big on hop aromas, offering really refreshing fleshy fruit like white peach with hits of orange and citrus. There also exists a sweetness too.
The aroma is different to any IPA I’ve tried recently.
Where the aroma is more relaxed, the flavour is anything but. Big fruity flavours of grapefruit and orange hits you from the hops whilst the malts help to balance the flavour between the sweet and dry. A lasting and noticeable bitterness carries you to the finish.
A medium bodied and smooth IPA with a low carbonation level and really juicy.
Easy drinking yet still retains the powerful hop aroma and flavours we used to associate with the original Celt beers
Lines Brew Co have certainly taken things to the next level if this IPA is anything to go by.
A great IPA which despite the small head is big on flavour and aroma.
I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the other unique farmhouse styles.
If you have had an opportunity to try a bottle or get some on tap, then visit @biertaster and let me know what you thought of Line A.