Swift half: Siren Soundwave IPA – An American in Berkshire

From: Siren Craft Brewing, Berkshire, UK. Style: American West Coast IPA, 5.6% ABV
Source: Bottle from Eebria.com

Siren Craft Soundwave IPA

Siren Soundwave IPA: agressive lemon meringue pie?

Falling for the Siren call for me was instant. It was the Limoncello IPA and the Big Inflatable Cowboy Hat thing. Although that was a while ago. Soundwave is one of their more on-topic names and is part of their core range.

Siren Craft Brewing was voted second-best new brewery for 2013 in beer rating site Ratebeer. Now, whatever you think of that particular site (and I have my doubts, fully aware I’m writing tasting notes), it’s a pretty cool accolade.
The trouble with getting international recognition, is that it makes people taste your beers in a different way. You are no longer the cool, undiscovered upstart, you become bait. But I won’t fall for that.

Soundwave comes out of the bottle like someone has poured a glass of lemon meringue pie; so fresh and heady (in both senses)*. But sweet it isn’t. An initial mouthful, that you think might be lemon-curd, turns pithy bitter, for a first drink of the night, aggressively so.

Bang! grapefruit. Mouth watering. And then to back it up, a big mouthful of light grainy malt. Just enough heft. It doesn’t balance the taste; this American-style IPA is about hop bitterness and flavo(u)r, but it does give a satisfying mouthfeel and alcoholic depth. Very refreshing and moreish.

The label has advice on what food the beer would be “Good with”. The advice: “Perfectly pitched with curry, Thai, Italian, or anything zesty.” Italian curry? Shurely shome mishtake! Maybe deliberate. I don’t buy the whole India-Pale-Ale-with-Indian thing; anyway, beers this hoppy can (over) emphasize chilli heat.

But Italian? Now we’re onto something. How about Spaghetti vongole, traditional pesto. “Anything zesty”? Who dares homemade lemon meringue pie?

Links
That Ratebeer top new breweries list (with two other British entries):
http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/newbrewers_012014cc.asp

That Ratebeer top Siren Craft Brewing website, core beers:
http://www.sirencraftbrew.com/shop/index.php/core-beers.html

Buy some from:
http://www.eebria.com/siren

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