A few weeks back the family were visiting a friend and her daughter in Sussex near Lewes. On the Sunday morning I managed to persuade everyone that we needed to visit Middle Farm shop to see what they had in the way of local beer. I picked up a couple of Dark Star bottles, plus a few others that looked interesting, this is one of the ones I thought would be interesting to try. This appears to be Adur‘s first attempt at a single hop beer and their website suggest that they might do more.
It poured a copper colour with a good head that lasted. It didn’t smell of grapefruit and orange, like the bottle said it would, it was more earthy with maybe a hint of spice and malt. It had a weird smoky, soapy taste to it, I wasn’t expecting the smoke, but the soap is familiar from the Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop IPA. It’s relatively bitter, they claim 40 IBUs on their website, with an earthy, spicy lingering after taste.
It’s not a beer I’d rush out to buy in bottles again to be honest, but if I saw it for sale in a pub I would be tempted to try it. It just didn’t have the taste and smell that I was expecting from the Amarillo hop.