Another new London based brewery for me today in the form of BOXCAR. I picked this up from my lovely little bottle shop/bodega Arch Rivals who have been consistently bringing in awesome new breweries I’ve never heard of before. This is ‘Chromatic’ a Double Dry Hopped IPA at a sensible 6% ABV.
The beer pours a really appetising pale straw gold colour. A nose packed full of different aromas with a fruit salad and tinned peaches vibe to it. The flavour is simply a tropical explosion. Lots of pineapple chunks with a sharp grapefruit citrus mixed in too. There is a also a nice touch of stones fruits in there as well. A lovely level of hoppy bitterness throughout doesn’t detract from the smoothness of the beer and leads to a soft and moreish finish.
A quick note on the can art: A multi-coloured Dahlia flower design on the front that reflects the name. It also reflects the explosion of different flavours in the beer itself.
I feel like there isn’t too much to say about this beer other than that it’s really, really good! There is a whole medley of fruits on both the nose and in the taste of the beer. The level of hop is pretty spot on with the bitterness not being overbearing but still providing an interesting dynamic to the beer. On the whole ‘Chromatic’ is very drinkable and I could easily find myself a couple pints deep before feeling the effects! If this is the standard of their other beers, I guess I’ve got another taproom to visit once everything reopens!
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- Hops: Not Available
- Malt: Not Available
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 6%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: Yes!
- Purchase Location: Arch Rivals