Brutopia – great place for a leaving party
I realised at the weekend that even though there is a list of the beers I’ve had so far it is still difficult to find that information quickly. So, to resolve this I need to do more posts and have a few more summary pages for the microbreweries I drink from the most. This first post along this theme focuses on several trips I have made to Brutopia this year with reviews ranging from minimalist to slightly less minimalist…
So far at Brutopia I have tried their…
Scotch Ale, Raspberry White, Extra Blonde, Honey Brown, Korova Milk Stout, Honey Beer, IPA, APA, Cherry Wheat, Nut Brown, Oatmeal Stout and Speculaas Pumpkin Ale.
No. 17 – Brutopia’s Scotch Ale
I enjoyed this one cold and wintery day back in January, even though the winter wasn’t particularly bad, it was still necessary to warm up with a good Scotch Ale once in a while. I have no notes on this unfortunately, just the rating 6/11 – which means it is worth trying and something that I am curious to try again this winter.
No. 93 – Brutopia’s Extra Blonde
I tried this one in March, again I don’t have any notes, but I do recall that it was a decent blonde beer. I had given it a 5/11, which tells me that it is worth trying but nothing too special.
Nos. 164 – 166 – Brutopia’s Honey Brown, Korova Milk Stout and Honey Beer
I tried these beers the day after I got back from my trip back home to Northern Ireland at a leaving party for a friend. T’was a good evening, and the beers were fine.
These all get a 6/11, I’ve mentioned before that the Honey Brown and Nut Brown were pretty much the first microbrewery beers that I ever tried. The Milk Stout was particularly good, not too thick but creamy and somewhat Guinness like.
No. 301 – 303 – Brutopia’s IPA, APA and Cherry Wheat
I tried these towards the end of August, at another friend’s leaving do – I also made some notes…
My overall impression of the IPA was that it is quite malty for an IPA, I got a hint of caramel from it, but the hoppyness comes through in the aftertaste and builds with each sup – 6/11. The APA didn’t really come across as a pale ale, more of a blonde, but it was fine – 5/11. Finally, the Cherry Wheat, the real treat of the night. This smells of sweets, of amaretto and of Battenberg cake. It’s almost a little too sweet smelling. To taste it has an instant hit of marzipan. The other people I was with thought it was a bit odd, but I quite liked this. Maybe it would be difficult to drink several pints of it but definitely for a one-off this is a good beer. I gave it 6/11 initially, but I’m upgrading it to 7/11 now.
No. 334 – Brutopia’s Nut Brown
I stumbled into Brutopia on a pub crawl recently and tried this (this is the time I referred to above where I couldn’t figure out what I’d already tried – made more difficult by my level of drunkenness at the time). This gets 6/11, a pretty good beer, very good if you like that style.
Nos. 341 and 342 – Brutopia’s Oatmeal Stout and Speculaas Pumpkin Ale
And so, I went to Brutopia last night for another friend’s leaving do…
The oatmeal stout had a thick head that looked like oatmeal cereal but which disappeared in a few seconds. It’s a thick stout, with light hints of roasted coffee and a deep aftertaste which is oddly refreshing. It’s getting a 6.5/11.
The pumpkin ale, has a nice aroma, cinnamon and possibly pumpkin (I don’t really know what pumpkin smells like). The beer itself is quite good, with most of the flavour coming in the aftertaste and building with each drink. Definitely the best pumpkin ale I’ve had this year (for the other, click here). It gets 7/11.
So that’s Brutopia so far, a mixture of decent beers and a couple of strong seasonal beers with something different.