Five best new beers this week

The first in a new series, we look at the best new beers this week, and we've some real treats from Magic Rock, Left Hand, Thornbridge and Green Flash

Thornbridge / Crackendale / 5.2%
Aren’t hops amazing? The addition of a single variety, in this case Citra, can lift a beer to dizzying heights. Yet it takes a skilled brewer to squeeze every last drop of flavour out of each one. Thornbridge’s Rob Lovatt has given this beer a whacking tropical aroma, with guava and ripe citrus coming through. We love it.

Left Hand / Extrovert IPA / 7.5%
Left Hand Brewing Co is very well known for its Nitro Milk Stout, because, well, it’s an amazing example. It also pioneered the use of ‘Nitro’

Five best new beers this week

The first in a new series, we look at the best new beers this week, and we've some real treats from Magic Rock, Left Hand, Thornbridge and Green Flash

Thornbridge / Crackendale / 5.2%
Aren’t hops amazing? The addition of a single variety, in this case Citra, can lift a beer to dizzying heights. Yet it takes a skilled brewer to squeeze every last drop of flavour out of each one. Thornbridge’s Rob Lovatt has given this beer a whacking tropical aroma, with guava and ripe citrus coming through. We love it.

Left Hand / Extrovert IPA / 7.5%
Left Hand Brewing Co is very well known for its Nitro Milk Stout, because, well, it’s an amazing example. It also pioneered the use of ‘Nitro’ in a bottle that makes the beer taste extra smooth. Such was the success it slightly overshadowed its other beers, including the fantastically well-balanced Extrovert IPA, now in a can for the first time, full of glorious pineapple and pine aromas.  

Green Flash / Tangerine Soul Style IPA / 6.5%
The weather outside may be frightful, but not inside this bottle. This is full of the tastes of the SoCal summer. The original Soul Style IPA is a wave of tropical fruits. In this version, it is amplified with the addition of tangerine zest, backed up with plenty of citrussy Citra and Cascade hops. Happiness in a bottle.   

Magic Rock / Common Grounds / 5.4%
This aptly named porter is a collaboration between Magic Rock Brewing and nearby Slaithwaite roasters Dark Woods Coffee. It’s a complex dark porter that reflects its complex production: seven different malts combined with seven different coffees added at three points during the beer making process. The result is a beer full of rich dark fruits, vanilla and hazelnut, with a warming coffee tang. The clever use of Sorachi Ace hops adds a zingy earthiness.   

Black Market / Aftermath / 7.5%
No beating around the bush here: this is a HUGE beer. A knock-your-tastebuds-off hop bomb with the added spicy hit from the rye, a whopping 20 per cent of the malt bill. California’s Black Market started out life in a small garage in Temecula in 2007 before expanding the brewery and range. All the beers we’ve tried from these guys are superb.