3 Way Action DIPA – ABV 9%

Launched at Craft Beer Rising, this DIPA is dry-hopped with shedloads (that’s a technical term) of Galaxy, Vic Secret and Mosaic hops for a tropical finish.

The “three-way action” here simply refers to the three Welsh teams behind this collab beer: Tenby the southwest, Cardiff’s Crafty Devil and Heavy Industry the northeast, to make a Welsh triple-pronged brewing powerhouse.

It’s got a nicely balanced, juicy tropical beer full of peach, mango and passionfruit – but with a very active, bitter kick.

Of Foam & Fury DIPA – ABV 8.5%

Furiously high levels of fruity flavour this hard-hitting 8 percenter. Beoir voted Of Foam and Fury Imperial IPA the Beer of the Year in 2014.

Look: Hazy golden orange with a foamy white head and nice amount of lacing.

Aroma: We were surprised at the amount of fruit going on in this boozy imperial IPA. There’s loads of bold tropical flavour like grapefruit, mango and orange.

Taste: The galena, chinook, Pacific jade and simcoe hops provide more sweet and juicy tropical fruit, plus some resin, pine, spice and citrus. This is all supported by a hearty malt backdrop to give a complex yet balanced bittersweet character with a lasting bite and soft finish.

Verdict: No fury here; just a happy beer drinker. It’s not hard to see why Beoir has been singing the praises of this brewery, just like the boys of the NYPD choir were singing ‘Galway Bay’.

Dr. Raptor Imperial IPA – ABV 9.2%

Uiltje called it “the hoppiest beer they ever brewed” after reengineering their IPA to this monstrous nine-percenter which somehow stays crisp and refreshing.

Look: Dark hazy amber-orange with medium off-white head and medium carbonation.

Aroma: Pine and zesty orange, hoppy freshness.

Taste: Layers of sweetness and bitterness with fruity refreshing hops laid over caramel and yeast tones. Medium-bodied and a nice persistent oily mouthfeel with more bitterness in the finish.

Verdict: Considering the high ABV this surprisingly refreshing. We’ll be paying another visit to the Doctor very soon.

822 Double IPA – ABV 8.7%

An homage to the first reference to the importance of hop farming, this resinous, smooth, mango-flavoured beer is loaded with Amarillo and Centennial hops.

Look: Hazy orange-amber with a large just off-white head

Aroma: Floral and light with mango and pineapple; some jammy and marmalade notes

Taste: More tropical fruit with a peaches, pineapple and apricots on a caramel base with a tangy alcoholic warmth and orange zest

Verdict: This classical DIPA had to be good to be an homage to the birth of beer production. Yet again the Monks up North nailed it; balanced, fruity and zingy.

King Slayer DIPA – ABV 8.5%

Tangy marmalade, creamy sweetness and more subtle on hops compared to some Buxton brews, this Vermont DIPA hides its booziness under layers of tropical fruits.

Look: Pours clear  and yellow-amber in the glass with a small, creamy white head.

Aroma: Tropcial fruit punch stuffed with mango, pineapple and orange with highlights of pine and some grapefruit zest.

Taste: Under the light aroma notes are jammy strawberry and zingy marmelade with some biscuit increasing the body and mouthefeel. Slight boozy warmth but otherwise the alcohol is well hidden with a moderate carbonation and persistent crisp finish.

Verdict: Layers of rich sweet jammy fruits, tropical hints and interludes of hoppy crispness – long live the King Slayer!

Magic & Tricks NEIPA – ABV 8.4%

Billed as Strong Vermont IPA, this collab with Magic Rock gets its magic a bittersweet and fruity yeast character and loads of ripe orange and peach notes.

Look: Pours hazy amber-orange pour with a creamy off-white head and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Zesty strong tropical fruit – a zing of orange, mango, passionfruit and peach and some creamy banana notes.

Taste: Layers of intense sticky sweet fruit; more mango and orange plus papaya. Soft carbonation yet bold and full-bodied with a nice boozy finish.

Verdict: Vermont IPA or Double IPA, call it what you will – this fruity, creamy beer is complex, juicy and bursting with boozy fruit notes – ceratinly is absolute magic.

Citrus Bay DIPA – ABV 9.5%

Citrus and the fragrant spice of toasted coriander and bay leaves combined to give a zesty, fruity yet aromatic and complex imperial IPA.

Look: Pours a beautiful golden amber, with thin white head and lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit and orange, with aromatics of coriander and bay.

Taste: Orange marmalade, with a spicy finish against a caramel body.

Verdict: Big zesty brute of an imperial IPA given an nice aromatic twist by those clever devils at Wiper & True.

Surface Area DIPA – ABV 8.2%

Citra and Simcoe combine to deliver a DIPA with restrained bitterness in which the juice shines through.

Look: Hazy orange-gold, with a pillowy white head.

Aroma: Oranges, tangerine and mango.

Taste: Full-bodied, with sweet grapefruit, orange zest and a sprinkling of pine needles.

Verdict: Dangerously-drinkable fruit juice.

Karoshi DIPA – ABV 8%

Thick, juicy easy-drinking DIPA, brewed whilst the team at Gipsy Hill were building their new brew house.

Look: Nice and murky, just like a New England IPA should be. 

Aroma: Tropical fruit with a hit of hops.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, with orange and pineapple juice and a nice bitter finish.

Verdict: Another great New England IPA Gipsy Hill, following on the heels of Ramblers.

DIPA LE#1 – ABV 8.8%

Tropical fruit-laden, mosaic-led DIPA that is smooth with low perceived bitterness the 72 IBUs.

Look: Golden and hazy, with a soft white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine needles and caramel.

Taste: Smooth, thick mouthfeel with mango, mandarin and citrus zest against a toffee malt body.

Verdict: Delicious juice-bomb that you’ll want to drink again and again.