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Redchurch Brewery Old Ford Export Stout 7.5%

Originally one of Redchurch’s special edition brews, this has joined the ranks in the brewery’s core range and it’s not hard to see why.

Let’s take those columbus hops for a journey to East London:

Look

This is borderline black IPA territory: an inky black cola-coloured pour with a creamy brown head.

Nose

A rich malt backdrop hosts espresso, burned toffee, dark chocolate, treacly molasses and a hint of cherry.

Taste

Complex and full-bodied thanks to the columbus and simcoe hops. Layers of sweetness, including cherry and forest fruits, sit on top of roasted barley bitterness. Under that comes earthy spice before a long, lingering rich and toasted malt finish.

Verdict

Much like one of my old favourite TV shows, the Big Breakfast, which was filmed in the Old Ford area, this is as full of character as Johnny Vaughan, as lovely as Denise Van Outen and easily enjoyed every day of the week.

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Redchurch Great Eastern India Pale Ale 7.4%

It certainly is great and Eastern – at least if you’re based in central London: since its inception in 2011, Redchurch Brewery has grown to three sites in and around East London, in Cambridge Heath, Bethnall Green and Harlow, Essex.

This IPA has a malt-packed menu including maris otter, munich, which is well balanced by the dry bitterness of a late hopping and an intriguing earthy character.

Look

Similar to the colouring of the bottle’s label, this pours a lively hazy orange with a thin, just off-white head

Nose

The aroma is driven by chinook, columbus and nugget hops to give tropical fruits: citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, with hints of pine and some background floral and fruity malt notes.

Taste

More complex than your average an IPA, as coconut join the juicy tropical paradise party – dare I say I even detect a rum warmth in the alcoholic mouthfeel. Long, slightly dry bitter coating finish.

Verdict

Just like my favorite type of Caribbean party, this leaves you with memories of tropical fruits and takes a long time to finish.

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