‘The full Boar crew’ brut dry IPA at 6.2% from Hillstown Brewery in Randalstown, N Ireland
IPA was the first style of craft beer I ever tried, back when I considered anything with the word Ale to be the drink of choice for old codgers in the North of England.
With age comes wisdom & IPA as my gateway to the world of craft is still a favourite of mine.
Hillstown latest bottled beer (been available on draught since Sept 18) is brewed in the dry champagne style for which it shares the name, Brut
It’s an IPA that has such strength & depth of flavour that it would take 3/4 similar IPA’s from lesser craft producers to compare to the mouth feel of this one. In fact it tastes like you may have already had a few of these after draining only half the pint. That is of course a compliment, not so much a result of the strength but the generous Hop count
Although the super dry style is on trend, which is a term expected from the hipsters, my personal preference means I remain a Squealing Pig fan.
Full Boar is a full beer & I’m off in search of a second opinion, by that I mean a pint on draught
The beer sampled was provided courtesy of Hillstown Brewery. No reward, financial or otherwise was offered for review