There’s a reason that Five Barrel has no IPA in their regular range: they don’t need one. They have the Hoppy Amber. Of all the beers sampled when The Crafty Pint team first called into Five Barrel in the brewery’s early days and lined up some tasting paddles to sip on, this one was fully gulped down. In the intervening time it has gone on to become the brewery’s surprise hit – certainly the most popular amongst the beer cognoscenti – and you only need to try it once to discern the reasons why. You get all the pine and resinous characters of an IPA plus a generous and lingering bitterness, but the malts give it a depth and caramel sweetness that many IPAs don’t display. This is one luscious, delicious and moreish beer.
- Amber Ale