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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.

4/5 (1)

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Verdant x Howling Hops 8 Mansions DIPA 9%

Verdant 8 mansions

Verdant were top of a lot of lists of best breweries in 2016, and if this collaboration with Howling Hops is anything to go by, they’ll be right up there in 2017 as well.

8 Mansions pours a cloudy golden amber with a small white head.

It smells like a bag of fruit salad chews, and to taste there is tropical fruit with fresh pine needles against a nice smooth malt body.

Superbly fruity with a nice bitterness to boot, this beer ticks all the boxes for a DIPA and is a real pleasure to drink.

Food Pairing

Salty foods tend to pair best with DIPAs.

Try this one with a good quality hot dog, topped with sauerkraut and mustard.

4.5/5 (7)

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Howling Hops Fighting Ale Imperial Stout 11.5%

howling hops fighting ale imperial stout

Fighting Ale pours like the blackest of nights with a mid-brown head that quickly dissipates leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a blast of resinous hops in perfect balance with roasted malts and dark chocolate.

It is well bodied with a good level of carbonation giving it a lovely mouthfeel and helping the hops shine against the solid roasted malt body.

Where did they hide the alcohol?

This is supremely easy drinking for an 11.5% ABV beer and we love it.

Food Pairing

You can pair a big hoppy stout like this with something creamy.

We suggest trying it with Mac and Cheese straight from the oven. Delicious.

4.3/5 (5)

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