Drunk in... February

February was a good month for us, lots of beer deliveries, visits to some new bars and a couple of trips squeezed in as well, including a visit to Meantime Brewery. Continuing our monthly series, here are our top beers for February:


Hedges

Small Batch: Vermont IPA - American IPA 7.4% // Brewdog

Incredible beer. Hopefully BrewDog see sense and actually make this properly as it deserves it. Super juicy, golden, cloudy nectar of the Gods.

Kolmekordne - Triple IPA 13% // Põhjala

What better way to celebrate finally making it to Mother Kelly’s than with an Triple IPA from an Estonian brewery? This kicked my head in, in the best possible way.

Bourbon Coffee Broken Dream - American Stout 6.5% // Siren Craft Brew

Somehow ended up having this version before the regular non-Bourbon coffee version that’s pretty much ubiquitous. This take on it is better - much more coffee coming through and the bourbon finish made this one to sup rather than chin.

Autumn + Winter IPA Vic Secret Wai-Iti - American IPA 6.5% // Cloudwater Brew Co.

I ordered this on a whim to bulk out an online order without really checking what style of beer it was. Glad I took the dive as it’s fantastic. Similar to the Cloudwater DIPAs but not quite as punchy.

Heavy Water with Hazelnut and Cocoa Stout - Imperial Stout 9.8% // Beavertown

Similar to the Broken Dream above; I had this Hazelnut and Cocoa version before the regular Heavy Water version and again, this version reigns supreme. The extra chocolate and nutty flavours really elevated this stout. Big fan.

DIPA V12 IPA - Double IPA 9% // Cloudwater Brew Co.

It’s Cloudwater, it’s a Double IPA. Is it as good as previous versions? Probably not but who cares? When they are consistently churning out DIPAs at this level, you can’t really complain either way. First version I’ve had in a can and it holds up just as well, if not better, than from a bottle.


Brand

Hop Rod - American IPA 5.8% // Staggeringly Good

Mah gahhhd. They've done it again. I'm continually impressed by Staggeringly Good’s range and Hop Rod is no exception. Brewed exclusively for Portsmouth pub The Beer Vaults; this big juicy number is divine and stands up to many of the offerings from their bigger, more established craft brethrens. I think I could have found my favourite beer of the year and it's only February!

Liquid Mistress - Red IPA 5.8% // Siren Craft Brew

I enjoy a red ale so was really pleased to sample this this gorgeous roasted beer. This really stood out from the all the big fruity flavours that I’ve had recently. This went down perfectly on a cold, dark Sunday afternoon where all we wanted to do was find a nice warm pub to hole up in.

Cake Boy Hazelnut Ale - Brown Ale 5% // Meantime Brewing Company

This was my highlight from the pickups I made from visiting Meantime Brewery. This is an amazing cake-in-a-bottle beer and I really enjoyed savouring the taste of this one. A fantastic rich, truffle like number.

No Comply - Pilsner 4.8% // Vocation

I picked this up from a Yorkshire Brewing Co. stand on Greenwich market. I've enjoyed other Vocation beers and love their distinctive can designs, so I was keen to try this one. A refreshing, zesty beer with lemon and lime flavours.

(The Pilot Series) Born Hoppy - Pale Ale 3.2% // Meantime Brewing Company

Another from The Pilot Series and my favourite beer that I had on draught at the Meantime taproom. A refreshing easy drinking beer that packed loads of flavour despite the low ABV.

Proteus IPA Vol I - American IPA 6.9% // Siren Craft Brew

IPA - American I had this as part of a selection on a beer flight and it really stood out amongst the others. A very easy drinking beer, smooth with a lot of flavour.