HBC Report No. 033

Another wee report on some of our current selection of beers in the shop! Get involved.

northern monk mango lassi heathen brew bristol


Northern monk – Mango Lassi Heathen 7.2%

Aroma: Sweet, yoghurt, tangy, mango, apricot, pepper

Flavour: sweet, grainy, fruity, Clementine, lychee

Palate: Big, creamy, smooth, rounded. Lower bitterness than anticipated. Sweet.

So, this beer is good. That is undeniable. I have to admit, though, that it's not my personal favourite, style wise. We all decided that it was closer to being a fruit pale, rather than an IPA. The bitterness was just a little overwhelmed by the sweet mango. Good though, if you have more of a sweet tooth when it comes to your beer, it is worth a try for sure.

brwe bristol crane echo


Crane – Echo 8.0%

Aroma: Peach, grain, citrus, pith, resinous

Flavour: Balanced malt, caramel, orange and citrus

Palate: Oily, balanced, surprisingly easy to drink.

I was impressed by this brew. It's just hit the mark all round. Great body, bitterness and roundness of flavour. Balanced would be the term you're looking for.

weird beard brew bristol defacer


Weird Beard - Defacer 11.1%

Aroma: Orange, herbal, honey, grapefruit, pine, caramel, dill, citrus

Flavour: Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, toffee, caramel, herbal

Palate: Thick, long finish, good bitterness, easy drinkin' for 11.1%!

I dunno. What's there to say? Buy this beer? It's really freaking good? You'll probably regret it when that last bottle sells and you didn't get to revel in all that perfect mix of bitterness, alcohol, hop aroma and malt sweetness? Yeah, I think that pretty much covers the deal with this beer.

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