On this occasion, Luke has provided a double whammy of reviews; the first of which is a glance across his experiences on International Beer Day (which was right at the beginning of August) and the second was a tasting session at a Tap Takeover Event he enjoyed with Evil Brewing Company at the Globe in Hong Kong.
So without further fanfare, please welcome Luke back…
International Beer Day
The Globe is a great pub in central Hong Kong, largely focusing on supplying a large range of craft beers to the people of Hong Kong, who like myself, are rather thirsty folk. A range of guest taps has been installed at the bar in the Globe, with a regularly changing roster of draft beers from around the world. Regular tap takeovers are events well worthy of attendance, enabling punters to try new and interesting beers that they would normally pass over, also affording some smaller breweries their time in the sun, so to speak.
International Beer Day arrived this year on the 1st August, so I headed to The Globe ready to try the array of IPAs they had on offer. As mentioned, there were beers from all over the world, from the USA, New Zealand, to the Netherlands and back to Hong Kong, covering a variety of styles of beers. So a tasting flight was definitely in order and the reviews are as follows:
Founders Brewing Co: All Day IPA (Session Ale) ***
American IPA ABV: 4.7%
Clear orange colour, with aroma of citrus and pine. Has a Citrussy hopped taste with a nice malt base, a very drinkable yet basic session ale. I believe this is quite readily available in the UK now, and Pedro informs me there are a few places in Liverpool at least that stock it? Worth a shot if you’ve not already partaken.
Rogue Ales: Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA ****
Double IPA ABV: 8.02%
With a golden, amber colour and with a light hoppy aroma, this beer has hints of astringency in the way of tealeaves and dried citrus. A lot of taste with a light crisp bitterness, citrus and tea carried over from the nose into the flavour, this double IPA has a slightly bitter and dry finish.
Evil Twin Brewing: Hop Flood ***½
American Amber ABV: 7%
This American amber ale has the Dark amber and red hue you would come to expect from the style. Carried by the aroma of pine, citrus and layered onto a base with hints of caramel, this has a good balance of fruit character, bitterness and caramel. It has a slightly harsh sharp and alcoholic aftertaste in the finish, but otherwise a good beer.
New Zealand Pale Ale ABV: 5.8%
A golden coloured ale with crystal clarity. Comprising a solid base citrus and pine aroma, these elements translate directly into the flavours. The length is slightly less hoppy but still contains those citrus and pine notes. Well-balanced and drinkable, having tried both this beer is certainly good in the bottle, but certainly much better on draught.
Brouwerji De Molen: Zwart & Wit ****
Black IPA ABV: 8.4%
A Solid black coloured beer with a light aroma of chocolate and floral hops. The flavour is layered with a sweet and dark malty base, surprisingly fresh flavours of grass and with a lingering bitterness. The finish is remarkably smooth, contributing to the velvety mouth feel and a reasonable length.
Young Master Ales: Island 1842 Imperial IPA ****
Imperial IPA ABV: 8%
The 1842 Imperial IPA is a lovely dark IPA, packed full of hoppy flavour, resonating citrus and pine notes, bitter grassy notes and with a solid malt backbone to provide some body and balance.
All in all it was a great range at the Globe that were enjoyed by all those in attendance, if I had to pick my favourite from the selection it is a close run between 1842 by Young Master Ales and the Zwart & Wit by Brouwerji De Molen. I can’t really pick between the two at the moment. Fingers crossed you guys get to see some of these beers before too long!
The Globe set up yet another great tap take over with Evil Twin Brewery providing six beers, some of which will be first time they have been available in Hong Kong. The beers available were;
1) Hop Flood American Amber ABV: 7%;
2) Lil’ B Double Porter ABV: 11.5%;
3) The Cowboy Smoked Pilsner ABV: 5.5%;
4) Noma Oxalis American Pale Ale ABV: 5.5%;
5) Biere Blanca Berliner Weisse ABV: 4%; and
6) Luksus One Berliner Weisse ABV: 4%.
The Cowboy Smoked Pilsner ABV: 5.5% ****
The Smoked pilsner is a typical golden hue associated with pilsners, belying the aroma and flavour within, all sealed beneath a thin white head. The pilsner has a pretty restrained smoky aroma with hints of hop aromatics below. Taste is subtly smoky with has a lightly bitter quality and with some freshness from the grassy and acidic flavours. This beer has a dry finish, although not much length, with a pretty truncated and bitter aftertaste.
Noma Oxalis American Pale Ale ABV: 5.5% ***
This beer was brewed exclusively for the award winning and possibly one of the most famous eating establishments in the World, Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark. The beer has a dense copper/yellow colour with decent white head gained from the carbonation. The aroma was of a delicate grassy citrus quality, whilst the taste has hints of both the citrus by way of grapefruit, continuing green character from the grass and has a slight bitterness. The Aftertaste is little bitter on the palate, although there may have been some dulling of taste buds from being slightly overpowered by the Cowboy Smoked Pilsner.
Luksus One Berliner Weisse ABV: 4% ****½
This berliner weisse has a vivid Orange colour with a thin white head resting above. The aroma is of soured fruit and no shortage in acidity and slight spice. Rather surprisingly, the taste is light, very pleasantly sour, whilst the body is rather smooth and has a good silky mouth feel. The finish has a gentle kick of sweetness above the dry notes from the malt and hops used here, although it is pretty rounded.