Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Bramling X
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.