I’d never seen a Mallinsons beer before seeing these sitting on a shelf in The Bacchanalia. I’d heard good things on Twitter, but I’d just not got round to buying any online, even though they are readily available from myBreweryTap.com.
I decided to start with the Hopped and it poured a slightly hazy dark straw colour. I think the only reason there was haze, was due to me getting a bit of sediment into the glass. A decent fluffy white head was formed, which dropped to a good covering after a while. The nose was fresh, with subtle hints of something that reminded me of some sort of sweetie. It was like a rhubarb and custard sweet, or a cross between a pineapple and a cola cube, but I couldn’t quite place it.
It was quite full bodied for a sub four percent beer, which was pleasing, as there’s nothing worse than a weak watery beer. There was a nice bitter prickly mouth feel that gave way to a nice lingering bitter after taste, at the same time, there was a softness about it in the mouth that made it really, really drinkable. There was also a subtle grapefruit flavour that lingered into the after taste and rounded of superb beer.
- Hopped, 3.9%, 500ml
Next up was the first of two single hop beers and I was looking forward to this one, as I’d been told it was very, very good. It poured a similar dark straw colour to the Hopped, again with a slight haze. A Good sized fluffy white head was easily formed and dropped to a good covering over the next few minutes. The nose was subtle, at first I thought there was notes of pineapple, but after a while sniffing at it, I wasn’t so sure. What ever it smelt of, it was tropical, subtle and a bit muddled.
Again, just like the Hopped, it was pleasantly full bodied with a bitter prickly mouth feel. The flavours were nice and subtle, to the point where it was impossible for me to pick out an actual flavour, rather than the idea of a flavour. There was a lovely bitterness though, that lingered long into the after taste. This was a seriously nice beer, although I think that it could have benefited from a few more late hops to up the flavour a touch.
- Now That’s What I Call Hops 9: Simcoe, 4%, 500ml
The final beer, another single hop effort, poured like the archetypal pale and hoppy beer, pale gold with a thick fluffy white head. Again, it had a slight haze, most likely from a bit of sediment getting into the glass during the pour. I was expecting it to be the same colour as the single hopped Simcoe, but it was much lighter colour. There wasn’t much on the nose, even taking massive intakes of breath couldn’t reveal any distinctive flavours.
Again, this was a full bodied beer that had a really nice mouth feel. There was lots of bitterness up front, that lingered and lingered long into the after taste. No particular distinctive flavour though, other than some subtle lime and grapefruit citrus.
- Now That’s What I Call Hops 10: Centennial, 4%, 500ml
All of these beers fall into the pale and hoppy mould, especially the Centennial. I thought that none of them were particularly big on flavour or aroma, but they certainly made up for that with their bitterness. The body in each was a fantastic foundation for the bitterness of the hops and I really enjoyed all three of them, even though I think they could have dopne with a few more late hops for a bit more flavour.