Superior IPAMarch 1, 2015
Cairndow, Argyll, Scotland
Superior IPA is brewed with Maris Otter Pale Malt, Cedarex Light Malt Extract and wheat malt, and hopped with Citra and Cascade hops.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1064
A superb golden Scottish beer, bottle conditioned, and – unusually for an ale—krausened—which means unfermented beer is added to the maturing beer to encourage a strong second fermentation. It’s aged for four weeks. It has a pungent fruit nose—apricot, peach and tangerine—with more fruit from the hops, which are added four times during the brewing cycle and then used to dry-hop in the conditioning tanks. There’s a big punch of tropical fruits in the mouth, balanced by juicy malt and spicy hops followed by a bittersweet finish of rich malt, tart fruit and bitter hops. “Superior” says it all.
- Roger Protz
Fyne Ales keeps winning awards, and rightly so. Superior IPA is one of its top-end products, bottle-conditioned in tall bottles for sharing (if you can bear to). This is a bright, vibrant beer from aroma to finish, bursting with sappy hops and pungent citrus fruit, zesty oranges and grapefruit leading the way. I also opened a bottle filled more than two years ago. The brightness had faded, the hop zing was diminished, and the beer had mellowed from an IPA to more of an ESB, but it was no less enjoyable for that.
- Jeff Evans
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge and Beer Lover’s Britain. More of his writing can be found at www.insidebeer.com.