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Big Drop Brewing Co. Poolside DDH IPA

A classic hop-fest that fuses tropical flavours to recreate the intensity of a double IPA. The fantastic blend of US hops combine to give pineapple, citrus, pine and stone fruit aromas underpinned by a pine and herby flavour – topped off with an unapologetic slap of mango – to make this the ultimate summer thirst quencher.

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Refreshing IPA with a big hit of bitter citrus

Most people recognise the anacronym IPA as the now ubiquitous India Pale Ale. What may be less familiar both in terms of the words themselves and the brewing process which lies behind them are the preceding letters in this beer's name. DDH stands for 'double dry-hopped'. In simple terms, this process involves adding more hops to the beer after the fermentation process is finished. Dry-hopping adds more depth of flavour, without adding more bitterness.

Now the technical details are out of what, is this double dry-hopped IPA from Big Drop any good? The marketing blurb talks about "pineapple, citrus, pine and stone fruit aromas underpinned by a pine and herby flavour – topped off with an unapologetic slap of mango". Whilst I'm not sure I could pick out every flavour, this beer certainly packs a massive citrussy punch. It's heavy on the bitter side too - this is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Personally, I love a bitter, hoppy IPA with lots of citrus - so it's right up my street.

I'm sure it'd be perfect as a "summer thirst-quencher". However, I drank mine in December, so all I can tell you is that it was a good match for a spicy chilli in the depths of winter! At 0.5% it's not quite entirely alcohol-free, but as good as. And Big Drop's eye-catching packaging makes it stand out on the shelf. In the glass it's a bright, amber colour - the head disappears quickly, but that's no big deal for most IPA drinkers.

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