Nestled in the idyllic Peak District, Thornbridge know a thing or two about Green Mountains (well, big hills anyway!), and they certainly know a thing or two about beer! No strangers to embracing all that’s new in the beer world, Thornbridge have turned their hands and minds to brewing a New England IPA and they have shown themselves, yet again, to be masters at their craft, emulating the style perfectly but dialling it down a notch or two into an eminently sessionable form. It pours hazy gold and there’s the expected pine, citrus and grapefruit on the nose but you will also find a touch of herbs and even a little breath of minty freshness. On sipping, you’ll find a mild biscuit sweetness, tropical fruit hoppiness and some of that herbiness steals its way in as well. For the encore, it’s rounded off with a light and graceful bitter finish. Suitable for all occasions, this beer would be just as at home at a swanky garden soiree as it would in the front room after a long day's work. Here’s to one Green Mountain that shouldn’t be too difficult to summit. In fact, you might find it a little too easy!
A forerunner of the British craft beer movement, Thornbridge Brewery was started in the grounds of the eponymous Thornbridge Hall in the heart of the Peak District. Aiming to make a range of cask beers with a modern twist, they’ve won over 350 national and international awards - pretty good going for what started out as a tiny 10-barrell brewery.
A couple of interesting facts for you - the co-founder of Brewdog actually started out at Thornbridge back in the day, helping to create Thornbridge’s flagship IPA Jaipur, and in 2014 Thornbridge won “Best Drinks Producer” in the BBC Good Food Awards….beating Brewdog to the top spot. Although they’re seen as a more traditional brewer, Thornbridge also has a good mix of ‘new’ creations making them a firm favourite with us.
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