Three beers: November 11

Sepia-toned IPA times

I continue to plough through my World Beer Awards haul, but this week I returned to craft in the form of three IPAs from my favourite market stall, ABV Store Norwich. (Profiled previously here.)

Here we go:

Marble Brewery Dobber IPA

Marble dobber ipa
A Marble Dobber IPA

Marble stopped making Dobber last year, only to revive it thanks to the prompting of writer, Matthew Curtis.

It was my first time trying it, and it made me come over all nostalgic.

Big, piney IPAs were the gateway beer for many a craft warrior, and I’m certainly in that club.

This slotted in to that category beautifully, with pine, spice, biscuit and dried fruits, with a solid bitterness and a dry finish.

Burnt Mill Brewery Pintle & Green Path

burnt mill pintle

Two cans from a new brewery that I think it’s worth getting excited about.

Based in Suffolk, Burnt Mill look to be part of the new wave of breweries who are leaving London behind for the fresh air, low overheads, and plentiful Corn Exchanges of the countryside.

Their first can release featured Pintle (pale ale), Green Path and East View (both IPAs).

I’ve tried the first two (East View won’t last long in the fridge) and was very impressed.

Pintle was light and drinkable, but with good bitterness and hop character from the citra and cascade. On the upper fringes of sessionable, and I could have easily knocked back a couple more.

Green Path was bigger and bolder, and not a million miles from the Dobber. Big pine from the mosaic is balanced by citrus fruit and a dry finish.

Three Beers: September 5

I drink beer and then tell you about it.

Last week, the IPA dominated Three Beers. So – while I enjoy a juicy hop-grenade as much as the next drinker – this week I’m mixing it up. To quote Sleaford Mods, I don’t want to put my dog on a string.


Mad Hatter Tzatziki Sour

This beer tastes exactly like tzatziki.

I could leave it there, but it would be a bit of an injustice to just how much this kettle sour tastes like tzatziki. Mint, cucumber and even a creamy, yoghurty mouthfeel are all there. Yet it looks and fizzes exactly like beer. It’s like one of those hypnotism tricks where someone convinces you that you’re eating an apple, when you’re actually biting into an onion. I half expected Derren Brown to bowl in and start telling me he’s mindfucked me.

If you like tzatziki, you should drink this.


Stillwater Artisanal Big Bunny

This shouted out from the board at Brewdog Norwich and didn’t disappoint.

Maybe it’s because I’m a big whoopsy, but sometimes I find big stouts (this is 8%) too boozy, and often astringent.

But this was nothing of the sort, with lots of chocolate, malt, coffee and creaminess in harmony. It also has tons of umami – the flavour profile that I think helps stouts smash other beers out of the park in terms of pure taste. It was like a dash of fish sauce had been added, in a good way.

A beauty for dessert.


Nene Valley Brewery Bitter and Orange

A collaboration between Nene Valley and Gonzos Tea Room in Norwich for the city’s craft beer week, this beer is nothing but different.

Built around angostura bitters, it’s a spicy and citrussy IPA which didn’t quite work for me. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an interesting drink, which has to be the point of an experimental collaboration, and it was technically on point with lovely carbonation. I just don’t like marmalade – I have the same issue with Fourpure’s Juicebox – and this tastes a lot like marmalade.