Still on a mission to taste what the local breweries has to offer, I made a run past Clarens Breweries this morning.
“Clarens Brewery brews fine hand crafted beers and cider in the beautiful village of Clarens in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, South Africa.”
So to start off this session:Clarens Brewery: IPA
Indian Pale Ale with very distinct, fruity hop character perfectly balanced with malty bitterness and dry finish.
American IPA | 6.50% ABV
Pours a clear amber with small white head.
Aroma: The first thought that rushed into my mind was fruit…and very specifically Guava. I had my wife take a whiff and she confirmed. Guava for sure. With that there is some overripe pineapple and as it warms, rich caramel.
Carbonation is medium, with a nice sharp bite on the tongue tip as you take the first sip.
The taste had me a bit ….puzzled. The initial flavours are citrus, light caramel, floral notes, slightly grassy flavours and something I can’t put my finger on. Maybe it is the hops, maybe that Guava-e-ness that is surprising me just after those flavours above has started to fade…I don’t know. It is not bad though, just adding some interesting fruitiness I can’t quite figure. I’m not a fan of the style, so it may be a while before I nail this riddle down 😉
There is a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Not high, which is a big plus for me, but a citrusy bitterness that punches and then smoothly hangs on in the aftertaste.
I found what they advertised, to be in the bottle, so this gets a big thumbs up from me!
** I should probably built a spiffy rating infographic thingy to insert right about here***