September Beer Discovery Boxes: Tasting Notes

Let us take you on a journey through the world of flavours just waiting to be unveiled in September’s Beer Discovery Club Boxes!

This month, our boxes feature beers from Barcelona Beer Co, Magic Rock, Ireland Craft Beers, Steven’s Point, Tempest and Bad Co.

BARCELONA BEER – BARCELONA BEER CO 5.0% ABV, PALE ALE

An ode to the beautiful city of Barcelona and its laid-back way of life. Caramunich malt gives a creamy caramel profile, balanced out by Perle and Cascade hops which add elegant floral notes and subtle hints of grapefruit.anced out by Perle and Cascade hops which add elegant floral notes and subtle hints of grapefruit.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7 – 10°C)

 

BIG BEAR – BARCELONA BEER CO. 5.0% ABV, PALE ALE

A classic pale ale. The aforementioned ‘Big Bear’ refers to a bear named Frank, whose mission is to bring people great craft beer and stop them drinking the bad stuff. Juicy forest fruits mix with earthy notes for a dry, bitter finish.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7 – 10°C)

 

CERDOS VOLADORES – BARCELONA BEER CO. 6.0% ABV, IPA

This beer’s name is a homage to the tale of the Three Little Pigs. It’s a playful IPA with shedloads of character. A soft aroma of caramel malts and fruity hops is followed by delightfully fresh pine on the palate.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7-10°C)

 

LA BELLA LOLA – BARCELONA BEER CO. 4.0% ABV, MEDITERRANEAN BLONDE ALE

From packaging to flavour, everything about this beer is seductive and elegant. Crisp with hints of sweet mango and pear which are evenly balanced by a snappy citrus and slight bitterness, owed to Citra and Magnum hops.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: COLD (4-7°C)

 

NICOTTO – BARCELONA BEER CO. 6.0% ABV, JAPANESE STYLE BEER

If you’re looking to take your taste buds on a trip to the orient this beer, made with Sorachi, a Japanese hop which gives a zesty lemon and lime palate, is one to try. Balanced out by oceanic flavours of Jasmine green tea and orange peel.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

LA NINA BARBUDA – BARCELONA BEER CO. 7.0% ABV, BROWN ALE

Means ‘The Bearded Girl’ (read the slightly perplexing story behind this on the bottle.) A decadently dark, brown ale with nutty roasted malt flavours. Some bitterness accompanies smooth caramel for an indulgent dark chocolate finish.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7-10°C)

 

SANTA RITA- BARCELONA BEER CO. 4.2% ABV, CRAFT LAGER

Crisp and refreshing as any great lager should be. Lightly sweet and floral against a zesty citrus fruit background of lemon and grapefruit. All of this is complemented by a malty finish and a hint of bitterness.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: COLD (4 – 7°C)

 

DOWNSTREAM – IRELAND CRAFT BEERS 4.5% ABV, INDIA PALE LAGER

Contains only premium raw materials – malt, hops, yeast and water. Blockchain technology (more on page16) means you’ll know for certain that what you’re drinking doesn’t just taste fantastic, but is real, honest craft beer

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7-10°C)

 

COMMON GROUNDS – MAGIC ROCK BREWERY 5.4% ABV, COFFEE PORTER

Seven malts and seven coffees, added at three different stages of brewing create a sweet toffee, rich fruit and chocolate depth accented with notes of vanilla and hazelnut. A coffee beer brewed to celebrate locality.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

DARK ARTS- MAGIC ROCK BREWERY 6.0% ABV, SURREAL STOUT

Four malts and bags of whole hops help deliver an indulgent experience. Spicy hop notes and full flavours of chocolate, liquorice, blackberries and figs are followed by a rich and satisfying finish that will convert you to the dark side.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

RAPTURE – MAGIC ROCK BREWERY 4.6% ABV, RED HOP ALE

A full-bodied, heavenly hoppy red beer. Uplifting aromas of grapefruit and pine combine with pithy orange and tropical citrus flavours which are balanced against a rich body. A dry and crisp finish offers your taste buds redemption.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

BELGIAN WHITE – STEVENS POINT 5.4% ABV, WHITE ALE

Point Belgian White is made using the finest white wheat, rolled oats and Noble Hallertau and Saaz hops. Flavoured with Curacao orange peel and coriander. The result is a light bodied beer renowned for its signature golden white haze.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: COLD (4- 7°C)

 

PALE ALE – STEVENS POINT 5.7% ABV, AMERICAN PALE ALE

Point Pale Ale is handcrafted combining special top-fermenting yeast and a dry hopping process to create this truly classic American Pale Ale, derived from generous quantities of the choicest Yakima Valley Cascade hops

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

BEYOND THE PALE – STEVENS POINT 5.7% ABV, IPA

Beyond the Pale IPA is balanced with celestial hop flavour and clean malts. Galaxy hops are the star of the show while notes of passion fruit shine through. Followed by a crisp finish with a lingering hop bitterness that is out of this world.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

CLASSIC AMBER – STEVENS POINT 4.9% ABV, AMBER LAGER

The highest quality natural ingredients are used in this multi-award winning amber lager. A subtle caramel character, reddish-amber hue and a gentle hop aroma. The result is a flavourful beer that is remarkably smooth and clean.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: COLD (4- 7°C)

 

ELEMENTAL DARK ALE – TEMPEST 5.1% ABV, PORTER

This robust porter is a careful balancing act of seven malts creating a beer packed with complex depth of flavour. Roasted malt mingles with dark cocoa nib and a velvety mouthfeel, finished with chocolate and spicy hops.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

ANCHO DARK LAGER- TEMPEST 5.1% ABV, DARK LAGER

A dark take on a classic. Cold fermented lager made with dark malts, and an infusion of mild and flavourful Ancho chillies. Lager fermentation gives a clean drinkability while the chillies impart a fruity nose and spicy finish.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: COLD (4- 7°C)

 

DAZED AND CONFUSED – BAD CO. 5.5% ABV, MILK STOUT

Dazed and Confused is a velvety, creamy delight with smash hits of chocolate and toffee which are topped off with crystal malts. Complex flavours and surprisingly easy drinking. Enjoy with hearty foods, cheeses and sweet treats.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

NOTORIOUS BIPA – ST ANDREWS BREW CO 6.0% ABV, BLACK IPA

With hints of cherry and tropical fruit from the hops come the dark, roasted flavours of the malt. Black and chocolate malt is added on top of the sparge to give the lovely black colour with only a subtle dark malt flavour.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: COLD (4- 7°C)

 

MOCHA PORTER – ST ANDREWS BREW CO 6.0 % ABV, PORTER

A beautifully balanced porter, which starts with an espresso nose and ends with a chocolate, malt led finish. A house favourite at 6% ABV, and one to recommend to stout and porter drinkers, as well as coffee drinkers.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: CHILLED (7- 10°C)

 

Originally published in Issue 19 of Flavourly magazine.

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