Sunday, 27 January 2013

REVIEW #120: LittlePod Vanilla Beer (Hunter's Brewery)

Pours dark ruby made hazy by yeast. Forms an off white head. Sweet honey, blackberry, mango and, not surprisingly, vanilla aromas on the nose. The taste initially offers passion fruit and fresh grassy hop, very juicy and fruity. These flavours combine with a mineral yeastiness reminiscent of slate (I find many of Kernel Brewery's dark beers have a similar characteristic) in addition to creamy milk notes aided by the inclusion of vanilla as an adjunct. Delicate coconut and leafy hop prickle in a mid-length finish. Minimal carbonation and a medium body add to the ale's vinous quality. Refreshing and a bit different but not something I would go out of my way to try again.

Vanilla Beer won a gold star at the 2012 Great Taste Awards. LittlePod are a company based in Devon selling a range of vanilla pod-related products including cake, fudge, chocolate, coffee and best of all, beer. They commissioned Hunter's microbrewery, also Devon based, to brew Vanilla Beer initially to commemorate the Queen's diamond jubilee, but now it's a permanent fixture.
  • MALTS: ?
  • HOPS: ?
  • IBU: ?
  • ABV: 6%
  • Also contains: honey; littlepod vanilla

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