Cloudwater Brew Co – IPA Simcoe Ekuanot

IPA • 6.0 % ABV • Manchester, England

My next beer comes from another heavy weight in the brewing industry and no stranger to the IPA market with a huge, seasonal variety of special and delicious beers.

Cloudwater have done it well for so long, producing ranges of beers that sell out pretty damned quickly. Particularly in and around the Cardiff area where getting hold of their DIPA V range became a challenge in itself.

The beer that I’ll be trying out is an IPA that makes use of a bold NEIPA yeast to offer clean yet fruity yeast esters as well as Simcoe, Ekuanot & Mosaic hops and a base that includes golden naked oats and wheat malt for a smooth clean body.

Time to pop it open and have a go.

Appearance A cloudy and rich golden colour with a lively white which rises up the glass quickly after pouring.
The bubbles themselves are so darned tight and fluffy, managing to stick around for ages after pouring.
Looks like an absolute gem of a beer to be tucking into.
Aroma The aroma screams traditional NEIPA with lots of vibrant and fresh hop action.
Punchy and tropical fruits hit you with just a touch of sweetness towards the back – Mainly citrus fruits like orange and zesty lemon as well as hits of passion fruit.
Such an uplifting aroma!
Flavour A really smooth, mild and clean hoppiness comes at you with the smallest amount of bitterness which lingers a little after the first mouthful.
Piney & pithy with the lemon and grapefruit taking center stage.
Herbal notes pair up with the tropical fruits and you get less of the vibrant sweet fruitiness.
Mouthfeel Lightly carbonated with a really smooth, medium body.
The dryness of the hops and sharper flavours cling to the cheeks and the back of the tongue.
What more can I say other than is one smooth and tasty beer.
Overall Cloudwater’s IPA follows slightly more traditional IPA

A more traditional pale beer that tastes very different to how it smells. Really pleasant and drinkable, one to kick-start a post work session in the summer sun with clean body and freshness.

If you have had an opportunity to try a can then visit @hop_pilot and let me know what you thought of Cloudwater’s IPA.

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