Now then. Buxton might well be our favourite brewery at the moment. Or it might be Siren. Or possibly Thornbridge. However and whatever, the release of Two Ton was one not to be missed.
Sheffield, being the beer capital of Britain, was afforded a triple- headed launch of the latest legacy from a very Stronge supplier of craft ales. The latest hoppy offering from the High Peak heroes appeared simultaneously today at Beer Central, Shakespeare's (best pub in Sheffield, unless you are a Sheffield Camra Member) and Abbeydale ale experts, Hop Hideout. Oh, and in 8 European countries, la-di-da.
The rebirth of 448 Abbeydale Road dovetailed sweetly with this event as they unloaded this hop heavy hit onto an unsuspecting South Yorkshire (rep)public, and hats off to Jules and Will for their handy DIY-work in transforming this place into a beery Mecca in double quick time.
Two Ton? Lots on the nose here. Moderately carbonated, you get aromas of grass and pine followed by ripe, deep fruits, mango and maybe even strawberry. The deep amber-caramel body with an off-white head last well whilst a peachy-mango over-ripe hit is complimented by a lingering boozy , bitter aftertaste. The two tons of malt give this brew a balance that belies an 11% DIPA, (which is a full 2% heftier than the Brewdog version. Imperial? TIPA?). hmm, Hardcore, phew!