I found the website for the Red Squirrel Brewery a little while ago, but couldn’t follow it up and find any stockists that had any stock. Much to my dismay! So when AlesByMail announced, over their twitter feed, that they would soon be stocking Red Squirrel’s IPA in the USA it literally made my day!
I ordered 11 bottles in total along with a bottle of Moor Fusion, more on that beer later, as soon as it was available and as always with AlesByMail my order arrived swiftly and in perfect condition.
My first taste of this beer was at home in front of the old brain washing box and it was another one of my ‘WOW’ moments. I mean, I expected this beer to taste good but what the Red Squirrel Brewery have created is nothing short of exceptional. It matches Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch all the way for levels of flavour, but minus the elevated alcohol content it means you can still stand up after drinking a few! Which isn’t always a bad thing!
As you can see from the photo IPA in the USA is quite lively and has a lovely thick, dense creamy head, which develops peaks and troughs, almost like whisked egg whites. My other half even used the age old joke, ‘do you want a flake in that love.’ The colour is typical of American IPA’s a slightly cloudy, burnished orange.
The dense head releases a mass of floral and fruity aromas and at first taste there is a little caramel sweetness which blends easily into a huge crescendo of fruity, piney, hoppy goodness. The dryness and bitterness build with each mouthful, but never become unpleasent or overpowering.
This beer is a delight to drink and is ranked up there amongst my all time favourites. It’s that good I’ve actually bought another case.