Tasted: Southville Hop
This bottle conditioned ale is an object lesson in heavy hopping. It’s won awards, and that’s no surprise.
The bitter lick of hops is a dangerous thing. It’s so satisfyingly delicious that some brewers go too far, hopping their IPAs to a point which is detrimental to the flavour. Southville Hop by the Bristol Beer Factory wears its hops on its sleeve – but does it keep its bitterness in balance?
Audit’s picked up its fair share of plaudits, and rightly so. At 6.2%ABV it’s got some clout, and there’s plenty of flavour too – notes of raisins and tobacco and a long lasting bitter finish – and it’s neither as dense nor as dark as you might expect for a beer with its flavour profile. The Black Eagle Brewery would probably be impressed.
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Bristol Beer Factory Southville Hop
This bottle conditioned ale is an object lesson in heavy hopping. It’s won awards, and that’s no surprise.Tasted by Hoppy Gilmore.
Sample provided by Ales by Mail.