PRESSURE Drop have been on our radar a while now – ever since their beers started to trickle out of their London home and into the north we've been waiting for a chance to share these fantastic beers with our customers.
Having been placed in the top ten new brewers in the world on Ratebeer.com, it was pretty much a given that we'd have to set some space aside for them.
Their entire range is typified by a superb attention to balance; even Bosko, their most full-flavoured core beer, avoids the pitfalls of over-stimulation and astringent bitterness.
At 6.5 per cent, this India pale ale sits in the sweet-spot for IPA strength – not so strong you couldn't have a pint, but still full bodied and intense enough to stand on its own by the half. It pours a deep, burnt umber with brilliant flashes of tangerine in the light, topped by a mound of dense foamy head.
Grapefruit, passion fruit, pine and toffee play about the aroma, with an earthy nuttiness and a reserved creaminess from the underlying malt.
The flavour places orange and lemon zest carefully alongside a touch of digestive biscuit wheatiness, followed by a salty acidity which complements the medium sweet body brilliantly.
As the bitterness intensifies, so too does the black pepper and mango characteristics of the beer, drying the palate but not so much as to leave you reluctant to go back for more. Medium to full bodied, intense, flavourful, and delicious.
As recommended by Michael Bates, Trembling Madness, York