88 / 100
On Tap at Maquila Brewpub in Seville.
Pours a golden colour, fairly pale. Head is nice, dense and 2 fingers thick when poured; leaves some amazing lacing behind, thick sheets of beige foam. Looks pretty damn good.
Smells fruity and nicely floral. Big rose notes with lychee coming through very strongly, notes of passion and lemon as well. Slight toffeed edge to the malt. Smells pretty amazing, especially for the size.
Taste is lighter, but to its strength, with a nice airiness making it eminently drinkable. Touch of ale ester upfront and then decent, fruity hop notes just tickling the palate towards the mid and back. Pineapple with more lychee notes and a bit of grapefruit rind on the back just bitters it up. Just lightly. Everything has a light touch here but it's all beautifully constructed. Fruity, light, just a touch of bitterness. This is what a session IPA should be.
Lightish body. Bit of sizzly texture, but not too much. Fine for the style.
What a cracking beer. Have never put much stock in session IPA as a concept, but this almost legitimises the whole style for me. It's got the unmistakeable palate profile of an IPA but everything is so light and frothy as well, without just seeming like a hopped-up pale. Outstanding.
78 / 100
On tap at Maquila.
Pours an orangey amber colour, with big pillowy head of off-white foam, dense and marshmallowy sinkage on top. Lace is speckly and good. Looks wonderful.
Smells intensely fruity and good. Big citrus notes, with lemon and bergamot largely. Yeah, slight Earl Grey character, some lychee too. Touch of toasted grain on the back with a hint of spice too. Pretty appealing.
Taste is lychee from the get go and it just keeps going; wowzer. Peaks and troughs. Develops some lemon zest midway, notes of spicy Earl Grey towards the back as well, with a bitter tea leaf note. Some lightly spicy grain (rye? Or just crystal?) towards the back and then finishes grapefruity, slightly resinous hang. Very tasty IPA, great palate complexity.
Lots of pull from the hops so finishes dry; not too dry but there's a little too much linger. Otherwise great.
Another cracking drop; if the session IPA legitimised a dodgy style, they've also legitimised their own offering here with a very solid IPA on the upper end of the scale.
83 / 100
On tap at Maquila. Full disclosure that this was poured to us on the house, even though I was about to stand up and order one myself. Enjoyed with dessert.
Pours a dark brown, no real edge visible to it. Head is beige, thin but nicely dense. Doesn't stick around like perhaps it should, but lacing is pleasant. Love that colour though.
Smells coffee and rich dark chocolate. Some light cherry medicinal notes, and some light sweet spice. Nice portery aroma, fairly sweet but well grounded.
Taste is rich and good. Big vinous notes over all of that plus a rich, gooey and thick dark chocolate flavour as well. Mud cake, slight cherry and vinous edge on the back. Roasty and delightfully dry on the back. Wonderful drop. If I have a criticism - and it's not really a criticism - it's that it seems maybe more aligned to the stout style than porter style. But I'm not even really sure what that means.
Smooth, albeit slightly thin. Decent presence though.
Cracking sweet, rich porter. Chocolatey and pleasant. Great for after dinner.
73 / 100
On tap at Maquila.
Pours a burnished amber with thick, almost nitro-ish head when poured, two fingers of off-white foam. Lacing is tiny, sadly, and the head looks odd on a saison but always good.
Smells very funky and phenolic. Big medicinal flavour, touch of honey and orange blossom water. Slight pie spice character too. On point I guess, but I don't love it.
Taste is very sweet upfront, with a cupcake/beignet kind of character. Develops some honey midway as well as some fruity esters - baked pear with cinnamon and apple - then finish is somewhat funky with some horsey notes and a touch of intense spice. Not quite traditional saison but has all the traditional saison flavours and works them interestingly.
Smooth, creamy body. Not sure of this pour, but it almost feels hand pulled or nitro, it's vety smooth and filling. Works great with the style and the sharp spice too.
Pleasant saison, tasty and complex. Maybe just a touch too intense on the back.