Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Partizan Brewing IPA Bobek Amarillo

Partizan Brewing IPA Bobek Amarillo
Style: IPA
Alcohol Content: 7%
From: Bermondsey, London, England
Purchased from: Utobeer, London Borough Market

Partizan brewing was founded by Andy Smith in 2006 originally as a way of getting cheap beer. He was frustrated that the majority of American IPA's were imported and thus were not enjoyed fresh as the brewery intended. In order to help him with this quest, Evin O'Riordain of the Kernel brewery gifted him a brew kit and he set up his brewery in Bermondsey, South London. He chose the name partizan as it symbolises lost cultures and more importantly, lost beer. Along with the vast array of beers on offer, this brewery is also famed for their label designs. These labels are crafted by an artist called Alec Doherty, who also lives in London. Now this brewery is quite small and have a limited output. So catch their beers while you can.

Sexy labels!
Colour: This drink pours a light, bright orange. This is quite different to the majority of IPA's on the market which poor ever a light brown, or (if it's an English style IPA) a dark brown. This drink looks more like a lager in the glass rather than an IPA. There is a small white head in the glass which will stay around for the duration of this beer.

Aroma: The aroma profile of this beer is extremely interesting. The first notes I could pick out notes of sweet mango's which have been ever so slightly smoked (weird combo hey?). There are also notes of spun caramel and herbs such as thyme and rosemary.

Body: The ABV of this drink is 7 percent and you can really feel this when you take a sip of this beer. It really knocks you sideways and takes quite a while to adjust to. Once this shock dies down the drink becomes very smooth to drink (due to the low level of carbonation) and leaves no sticky resin in the back of your throat.

Taste: The first sip of this brew was very bitter. Once this initial bitterness dies down you can taste fresh grape fruit, peaches and mangoes all held together with sweet spun caramel. The more I thought about the flavours of this beer, the more I realised that it reminded me of a sweet from childhood. The good old fashioned Rhubarb custard and creams brought from the ye olde sweet shop. The aftertaste unfortunately leaves little to be desired. It's quite acidic and metallic. Luckily the up front flavours will keep you wanting more.

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