Breakfast Beer Tasting: Bramling X

This is the third in the series of “Punk is dead” single hop IPAs and showcases the rather humble Bramling Cross variety. The theory goes that this fine English hop is often swallowed up when combined with other more exotic varieties, so why not give it top billing?

The basics: Once again it’s 330ml, 7.5% and has 75 IBUs. It pours deep golden with subtle carbonation and a large off-white head. Aroma is completely different from the other two in the series with no notable citrus tones. Instead you get a spicy apple & blackcurrant olfactory experience.

Taste: Richer and deeper in texture than the other two IPAs. Any mellowness quickly gives way. A hint of plums, but the spicy, tart fruit, bitterness dominates. I enjoyed the puckering (puckering, I said) level of bitterness, but simply not as easy on the palate as the Citra.

Finish: Surprisingly short-lived given the previous bitterness.

Conclusion: An excellent breakfast, indeed anytime, beer if you like your beers on the bitter side. However, it simply wasn’t as moreish as the Citra and drank more like its strength.


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