The other impressive beer of the weekend came with a group of us getting together, and my fellow brewer Jarrod telling me about his taste for IPA's at the moment. We went to Purvis and he grabbed a six pack of his favourite, the Red Duck Bengal IPA. Yeah, not normally a beer I would go for, but this is why it is good to have mates with differing taste so they can show you good beers in these realms. Still, couldn't help but make some similarities between it and the Holgate ESB with a good caramel malt and probably an even better transition to the hop. there was even a nice creamyness to it even from the bottle, and the hop itself was not too intense even for me. Still, at 7%, it had some alcohol that came through on the back palate, but the flavours of the beer were enough to contain this. With the big malt and hopness, and when it warmed up a bit, I was actually starting to get some imperial stoutness from it which was really interesting to find, and never thought I could get that from this style of beer. It is always good to see how much you have to learn, to keep you open minded, and have mates wanting to share their own tastes with you. I look forward to more beer outings with you J-rod!
Well, that will do for now. What a great weekend and week it has been. Thanks to everyone that came on these journey's with me.