Botany of Desire

Double IPA • 8.7 % ABV • Huddersfield, England

Time for another review and this time, one perfect for this crazy summer weather.
The sun has helped to produce all sorts glorious colour in and around the garden which is getting those bumbles active which makes my next beer perfectly apt.

Botany of Desire is an 8.7% double IPA that packs in a selection malts including golden promise, wheat malt and pinhead oats to help with the body.
Kicking things up a notch are Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Denali hops added at around 18g per litre to offer tropical flavours of pineapple, citrus and stone fruits.
Everything is brought together with a blend of WLP644M (Brett Trois) and Magic Rock’s WLP001 (House US ale yeast) which help with the tropical notes but should also add a little tart finish.
The pièce de résistance is 100kg of heather honey which is added at fermentation which should add a touch of natural honey sweetness to the finish.

Magic Rock have taken some inspiration from Bell Breweries Hopslam Ale which packs in the dry hopping, a generous malt bill and plenty of honey to offer what they say is “a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes”.
The name of the beer also comes from the book “Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan which shines a light on own nature as well as the implication on the natural world.

Let’s get this huge can open and give it a blast!

Appearance Deep gold in colour and producing a white creamy looking head which settles quickly.
The DIPA is cloudy and full in texture from the glass
Aroma Fresh from the fridge, the aroma is loaded with the citrus of lemon and grapefruit whilst the honey manages to shine through over the power of the hops.
A light, grainy sweetness can be picked up towards the end too.
As the temperature rises, the sweeter honey becomes far more prominent and the floral hops start to shine through alongside the citric elements.
Flavour Where the aroma was lighter and fresh, the flavour is more rounded and substantial. Pushing out lots of tropical fruit and plenty of orange too.
Starts with a sweetness and moves into a big, dry bitterness at the end which lingers around long after swallowing.
The honey still manages to come through in the flavour despite being added at the fermentation stage.
Mouthfeel A medium bodied beer with a chewy mouthfeel from the medium to light level of carbonation paired with the smooth body.
Particularly dry at the end with a big bitterness that lasts and lasts.
Overall The aroma leads you to believe things are going to be vibrant and fairly light whilst the flavour hits you with fruity fullness and body along with oodles of bitterness.
The honey is showcased really well and manages to shine through over the big hop elements in its own right rather than being lost through the fermentation.A big beer in a big can that you want to take your time with.

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

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