Category Archives: APA

Beavertown – Gamma Ray American Pale Ale

Beavertown Brewery – Gamma Ray APA 5.4%

This is a golden coloured ale with a citrus grapefruit, resinous and tropical aromas. It has an initial sweet taste immediately followed by a grapefruit taste and bitterness. It is a typical APA.
Beavertown – Gamma Ray can

This is an unfiltered, unpasteurised natural beer.


The Brewery notes say the concept was to create a juicy tropical beer. A brew you can sip on and drink all day, rammed with juicy malts and huge tropical aromas of mango and grapefruit. Massive additions of whole leaf American hops are added in ever increasing numbers at the end of the boil giving huge hop flavour. The beer is then dry hopped for days, driving the punchy aromas so you can smell it from miles away!

Beavertown Brewery

Cornish Crown Brewery – Red IPA

Cornish Crown Brewery – Red IPA 5.9%

Cornish Crown Brewery - Cornish Red IPA
Cornish Crown Brewery – Cornish Red IPA

Good things in food and drink come from Cornwall, but also some unusual things, as in the case of this IPA.

The ale has a pale red colour, with rich hoppy aromas. It has  passion fruit taste, with a malt sweetness The initial taste is followed by a  citrus grapefruit bitterness, typical of the use of new American hops. The hops impart the tropical fruit and citrus bitterness, typical of the American and British craft beer sector and the American Pale Ale style.

Cornish Crown Brewery is a small batch craft brewery based near Penzance, Cornwall.

Harbour Brewing – Light Ale

Harbour Brewing – Light Ale 3.7%

Harbour Brewing - Light Ale
Harbour Brewing – Light Ale

This is a pale golden ale with a grapefruit aroma. It has the grapefruit bitter taste, predominant from the use of American Hops, with peach notes.

An interesting summer ale from Cornwall if you like the APA craft beers.
Harbour Brewing is based in Trekillick, Kirland, close to the town of Bodmin.

Anchor Brewing Company – Liberty Ale

Anchor Brewing Company – Liberty Ale 5.9%

Anchor Brewing - Liberty Ale
Anchor Brewing – Liberty Ale

This is a golden amber ale with a fresh off the bine hop aroma, with hints of vanilla. It is has a pleasant malt and orange warming taste with a fruit sharpness and a good hop bitter background, without overpowering bitterness.

Brewed with Cascade hops and also dry hoped with Cascade. This is a really good ale of a European style from the U.S. west coast San Francisco. My 5*
According to the brewery Liberty Ale® was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem), he alerted the American forces of the British approach before the battles of Lexington and Concord .
It was the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition and the first modern American single-hop and dry-hopped ale, which started the American Craft Beer brewing.