Vocation Life & DeathNovember 13, 2016
Vocation BreweryLife & Death
Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom Style: India Pale Ale ABV: 6.5%
An American-style IPA with 3 kilos of hops and 40 kilos of barley per barrel.
The pale amber beer has an aroma laced with verdant, sappy hops, a peppery spiciness and a sherbety grapefruit note that continues on into the taste. There’s plenty of malt in the mouth to buttress this generous hopping but, flavorwise, the grain adds no more than a hint of bread and a silky sliver of caramel. Hops burn gently on the swallow as grapefruit and a touch of caramel characterize the dry, bitter finish. A tasty and full-bodied beer that sensibly does not overexaggerate the hops and is all the more quaffable for that.Jeff Evans is author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide, The Book of Beer Knowledge, Beer Lover's Britain and So You Want to Be a Beer Expert? More of his writing can be found at insidebeer.com.
“Three kilos of hops,” it says on the can, and they really deliver. The brewery is based in Yorkshire in northern England, where speech is as blunt as the beer. “No messin’,” they would say, and the bronze-colored, 6.5% beer has a no-nonsense, pungent aroma of peaches, grapefruit and sundry tropical fruits, with honeyed malt and herbal hops. Juicy malt, bitter hops and bittersweet fruit fill the mouth followed by a long finish that is intensely bitter and hoppy, but with a fine balance of biscuit malt and rich bittersweet fruit.Roger Protz is the 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 protzonbeer.co.uk.