Monday, 17 August 2020

649: Butcombe | Goram IPA

20200723_194827The brewery: “Bristol born and made to stand out, Butcombe Brewing Co. began life at a time of cultural, social and political change, crafting beer before ‘craft beer’ was even a thing…….You see, at that time, no one was risking it all starting a brewery, making simple, premium, easy-drinking ale. To do so was an act of defiance. Or madness. But, 42 years and a lot of hard graft later, by staying true to our beliefs and Bristolian roots, it looks like owning a resolutely maverick brewing company isn’t such a crazy idea after all. By going against the grain, to work intimately with it, we made our own statement with every pint. And what was true then is just as important today.”

The beer: “Goram – Bristol’s legendary giant – was no stranger to a well-crafted ale. Fortunately neither are we. Ode to his renegade ways, our IPA uses a punchy blend of American and Worcestershire hops to balance stone fruit, citrus and bitter notes with spicy hop aromas. Strong, big flavoured and with the ABV of a classic ale. When it comes to IPAs, Goram towers above the rest…..Goram is huge on flavour, so it’s happiest when in the company of vintage Cheddar, spicy pickles, rich chutneys or a classic slow-roasted pork belly.”

Strangely, given their description, this worked for me, however it was a warm day and I think my taste buds like something a little fruitier, particularly if it is served a tad colder too.

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