Style: Double India Pale Ale
Size: 330ml (Bottle)
Cloudwater is the new UK brewery of 2015.
The Manchester based brewery has won over discerning beer drinkers with their seasonal ranges showcasing some exotic styles, lovely artwork and openness on social media.
At the beginning of the month they announced their new seasonal range that includes such gems as; Dr Rudi Lager, Custard Porter, Small Beer and Winter Light Galaxy.
Paul Jones, Co-Founder of Cloudwater explains the rationale for seasonality in Episode 122 of the Beer O’Clock Show podcast. The following text is paraphrased from the interview.
“We are not focused on traditional beer making, but rather look back through the history books plus forward to the progressive development in the US for inspiration. Seasonality is about putting ingredients first. We view beer as an agricultural product that is different every year. Furthermore fresh ingredients will change month to month.”
A clear example is the crop cycle for US hops and NZ hops will be different and they will aim to get the freshest ingredients possible in their beers.
I have enjoyed following them (@cloudwaterbrew) tweeting about building their brewery. But to be fair I love any brewery that tweets picture of building a new brewery. I always look at new brewery pictures showing new fermentation vessels arriving on the back of a truck and think ‘ooh, a space ship brewery’. Their tone is humble and communication transparent. Yet you get a sense they are strong willed and principled. Its a nice dialogue to follow.
Cloudwater DIPA, as the name suggested is a 9% Double India Pale Ale, recognised by a number of beer bloggers as their beer of 2015 in their annual Golden Pints awards. Given all the hype in beer circles, I had to get my hands on it. I visited the team at Caps and Taps Kentish Town to snag a few of the last ones remaining in the wild.
I must confess I have already tried this. I bought two bottles; one for the #12beersofxmas and one to share with my brother when he was visiting from Oregon last week. I always like to show him a few of the UKs finest when he is in town. Of the beers we tried that night, this one stood out. It has that golden, syrupy look and feel and sits well in the glass. The taste is big and bold and the ABV hits you hard after about 5 mins. A good example of a DIPA from a rookie brewery with a big future.
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(interview with Cloudwater Co-Founder Paul Jones at 38:20)