Wednesday, 20 February 2013
One of my favourite producers of fine ales over the past few months and delighted to see them with increasing frequency around the steel city. Great Heck seem to appear a heck of a lot at The Harlequin which suits me fine and makes the trip on the 53 well worthwhile. I liked this one with a drinkable ABV and striking green eye-catching pump clip. No prizes for guessing the main hop. Nice.
Mike`s Score - 7.5 Danny's Score - 7
Very happy to stumble across this brew in The Harlequin on Nursery Street. I`d heard that Steel City Steel City Brewing were not going to be making ale very often now (one of the brewers has emigrated to Wales, I believe) so I was pleasantly surprised to see this on the bar in one of my favourite establishments on a Monday afternoon. Although Steel City have been one of my preferred brewers over the last couple of years, I didn`t sample this IPA until last in a short session(going with less ABV offerings first) as I feared that it might blow away my taste buds for a fair bit. Also Rum and Raisin didn`t really appeal to me but I always like to try Steel City`s `leftfield` delights. You don`t see them about too often although Shakespeare`s and Rutland are occasionally lucky enough to stock them as is bottom Welly (though never seen them there). I`d never really had a Red IPA and this one was memorable. At 5.8%, I opted for just a half as it was a Monday afternoon after all but I went back for more! A really well balanced brew in my opinion that I understand was cuckoo brewed in Staveley with the Raw team. A real treat! yum! (Also had this ale at the Derby Winter festival at the Roundhouse and it was still a belter served at gravity).
Mike`s Score - 9 (I want more, now!) Danny`s Score - 8