I'm a big fan of the Lacada beers so it's something of a surprise that I'm only getting around to throwing up a review for one now, so I guess it's a good thing that I'm starting with one of their newer beers that I've just tried for the first time.
To be honest I'm not fussed on overly hoppy beers so I was given immediate pause when pouring this beer, it gave a big head that on first sip has intensely hoppy, and on the nose there is a strong fruitiness of hops.
The pour was a beautifully rich and cloudy, and whilst giving a big head this wasn't an issue of over-carbonation but more of the continental European style of a large head to top off a quality beer.
So the hops are carried very powerfully in the head, but when you get down to the beer itself it becomes a lot more balanced and very easy drinking for my particular tastes with the malt and oats coming through.
I'm not sure if I would want to drink more than one or two in an evening though, whilst being well balanced it is still quite intense. It is a lovely ale but I wouldn't say that it is a session beer, more the sort of thing if you're having a few friends around to enjoy a couple of different beers then this is definitely one for making a strong finish.
The big head coming down to a more balanced body falls somewhere between a woman with big 80's hair, and a hair-metal rocker.
Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale
Country of Origin
Lacada Brewery Co-operative
Available for sale