A new brewery for today’s review on recommendation from one of my local delis/bottle shops: Arch Rivals. Wylam Brewery is actually based out of Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park, Newcastle. I’m a bit of a fan of weird beer names and this one might take the title for me so far. ‘Greyhounds Don’t Like Jazz’ is Sour IPA at 7.1% ABV that is apparently brewed with a new yeast strain that was isolated from tree growing in a graveyard in West Philadelphia!
Visually the beer pours a lovely, hazy as you like straw colour with a large fluffy white head. A touch of sediment in it as well. A nice citrus nose but with a touch of apricot mixed in as well. An interesting sour this. Starts off super punchy and tart but as you continue drinking becomes softer and more crisp. The hop comes through with a nice light bitterness without lingering. Quite a fruity body and more drinkable than a lot of other sour IPAs.
A quick note on the can art: Gorgeously artistic can design. Naturally has a lovely photo of a greyhound being pet. I think the colour of the filter over the cut up photo works fantastically!
A few of the sour IPAs I’ve had recently have been all one way or the other but this one has definitely hit the mark on balancing the two styles. Sour but not overpowering the base hops means the the beer is working as intended in my books. I always like a bit of warning if there is going to be sediment in my beer, but I imagine it’s a result of the yeast strain used. Stone fruit heavy flavour on the body and a wonderful insight into a new brewery. Will certainly be checking out more.
Thanks for reading! Cheers!
- Hops: Citra Leaf, Centennial BBC & Cryo BRU-1 BBC, Nelson Sauvin T90
- Malt: Not Available
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 7.1%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: Yes!
- Purchase Price: £5.80
- Purchase Location: Arch Rivals