Springtime IPA
Reviewed by Jez on 02.01.21 from a can
66 / 100
375ml can purchased from Beer Cartel.

Pours a lovely clear bright golden yellow colour, with a rocky, sticky and frothy head of white that leaves thick clumps of lace. Carbonation is languid and fine, running swiftly but elegantly through the body. Looks good.

Nose is pleasant enough, but a bit flat. It's got a fairly straightforward citrus aroma to it, matched with a structure of savoury malt behind it which tends towards the cereal than the sweet. Certainly, there's a grainy not to it, which isn't bad, but it's also quite unassuming.

Smooth, reasonably pleasant palate as well. Again, there's a connection between the savoury grain structure and the hops. Here the citrus character turns slightly towards a mandarin note—it's a little more dark, aromatic and savoury than the juicy sweetness you might get from the zestier hops. Structure is nice underneath it though.

Feel is light and clear. It's nicely done with enough weight to support it, but without feeling like it's overpowering the delicate flavours.

I think I started out considering this beer a bit straightforward and basic. But the more I drunk, the more I appreciated the structure and the coherence of it. It's a nicely done beer—very well made, and with beautiful balance. It's not the most exciting beer in the world, but it's probably hitting exactly what they were going for.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 4.0