Breakfast Beer Tasting: Weird Beard Five O'Clock Shadow

We’re still in London for the second of the year’s breakfast beers, but we’re moving to the other end of the spectrum with this American IPA. Weird Beard know a thing or two about hops and, on paper, this looks good: 3 different malts+Apollo, Citra, Columbus and Summit hops. But as ever, the proof is in the back of the throat as it goes down.
It’s 330ml bottle-conditioned and is 7.3%. It was extremely lively and poured a murky amber with a large white head. Darker than you might expect although given the ingredients, perhaps the name is also a bit of a clue. The aroma was very appealing: big and bold with plenty of sweet fruit, malt, grapefruit, pineapple, hay and a dollop of pine.

There was plenty of carbonation and the beer fizzed and prickled over the tongue. A solid biscuit malt backbone underpins this and the overall effect is less bitterness than fruit hoppiness to the fore. Packed full of flavour, you get all the tropical fruits: pineapple, grapefruit and mango with a slight floral and pine resin. The alcohol only peeks through in the finish but is mostly masked by the strong fruity/dry aftertaste.

Tyson says: A solid, no-nonsense IPA. My personal preference is for more bitterness in this style, but with Citra leading the way, this is a refreshing, easy-drinking take on it.


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