Now there is plenty of argument that Beavertown Brewery is no longer craft beer since it’s acquisition by Heineken. My opinion is in total agreement and I hate that Neck Oil is the default session IPA in 80% of pubs. That said I don’t exclusively review craft, sometimes they make quite a nice beer and the art work is still pretty sweet! My Dad grabbed this can for me for the last reason and I thought why not give it a go. ‘Heavy Gravity’ is a Hazy IPA at a not-so-sessionable 6.5% IPA and is currently available in Morrison’s.
The beer pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a really nice, tight head. The nose has that classic hazy IPA aroma with the tropical trio of mango, pineapple and hints of orange. Despite the tropical nose the flavour is quite stone fruit heavy with a soft peach flavour coming through and touches of coconut popping up in the middle too. A sharp and decent hop bitterness on the finish round the beer out.
A quick note on the can art: Funky as always from the Beavertown crew. Weird, wacky and space related with their little space mascot hiding away in the design as well.
Whatever your opinions on a brewery are, a good beer is a good beer. ‘Heavy Gravity’ genuinely a solid brew and very drinkable. While not exploding with flavour for a 6.5%, considering it’s a Heineken owned beer made for the supermarkets it’s got a great balance and interesting flavours, like that coconut, that I was honestly not expecting at first. Out of principle to craft breweries in general (supporting independent businesses and all) I try and avoid Beavertown if I see it on taps and there other options, but if I saw this I might be convinced for one.
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Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: Strata, Talus
Malt: Extra Pale
Gluten Free: No