Total Score: 7.15/10
Must be my IPA day! I wanted to do two beers of the same style back to back and IPA is a style I happen to enjoy so continuing on from the Sleeping Giant IPA I have a good old fashioned James Squire IPA.
Poured from a 345ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.
A: Also “tea” coloured (though not quite as dark as the Sleeping Giant) in the body. The head did much the same and fizzled down to a thin white layer, perhaps 1mm thick. 5/10.
S: The toasted caramel malts are fairly balanced to the herbal and earthy hops, there’s no clear victor from the two. I’m expecting an even match here. 6/10.
T: Toasty caramel malts blend quickly into a buttery mid-palate which is soon followed by a spicy hop note. The aftertaste (like a nice cup of tea) has an acidic tannin that slakes the thirst, but not for long. Well balanced flavour, nothing extraordinary and it could do with another dry hopping, however it does the job. 8/10.
M: Creamy in the carbonation although it does have a watery undertone throughout. 5/10.
D: If it wasn’t lacking a bit more hop depth this could be an awesome Ale. As it is I give it a similar score to the Sleeping Giant and will be sure to review more IPA’s as a basis for comparison. It is drinkable but you might want to branch off towards more adventurous climes soon after. 8/10.
Food match: Hard to go past what I recommended for the Sleeping Giant; cheese platter, canapés and tapas… plus I could quite imagine this Ale with a cottage pie as well.