Howling Hops Double IPA 8.6%

Howling by name, howling by nature: this DIPA comes screaming out of the Hackney Wick-based brewery with this hazy, fruity, hop-driven American ale.

The brewery, which started as Hackney’s first brewpub initially based in the basement of the Cock Tavern, is now based in happening Hackney Wick – and the region’s vibrance shows through in this brash New England-style double IPA.

Look

A golden pour with a haziness that almost approaches a peach-coloured murkiness with a small white foam.

Nose

The citra, simcoe and mosaic hops pack a tropical fruit punch: mango, pineapple, orange, backed up by some light maltiness and  yeast notes.

Taste

Sweet and slightly sour, a juicy start dries slightly to a tangy bitter finish.

Verdict

Bold, juicy, unapologetic; sometimes bitter but extremely agreeable – a lot like a girl from New England I used to know.

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