5 May 2018

13 Guns American India Pale Ale (Waitrose @ThwaitesBrewery) By @SpectreUK

This 13 Guns American India Pale Ale was produced by Crafty Dan, in England. It was made to commemorate the original 13 states of America that declared independence, which were; Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. This blog could be considered a couple of months before the 4th of July, but I can't help being thirsty and I didn't realise what 13 Guns meant until a looked it up on a well known search engine…

For a 330ml can they don't half pack in the flavour. This IPA was produced with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Apollo, Chinook and Kohatu hops, with malts of Pale Ale, Munich, Caramalt and Rye. It's a wonder they managed to fit any water in with the ingredients of this 5.5% volume beer. There was an explosion of tropical fruity and citrus hops on opening the can, with a spiciness at the back of the aroma. The rye malt gives this IPA a deep red glow and passersby could be mistaken in thinking this is an amber ale. On taste the mixture of sweet, spicy and pale malts actually overshadow the fruity citrus hoppy bitterness. There is warmth in this beer, not only from the red spicy rye, but kindled from a solidarity of different flavours. Much like those first 13 states. A well thought out crafted beer. If only the whole world could learn from it!

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