>Moor JJJ IPA
The dilemma I often have when buying beer online – in fact, buying beer full stop, is how much of something to buy. I often have to go online or drive up to Beer-Ritz to buy beers that particularly come from the south, and this means it’s usually quantity over quality, so to speak.
There’s always one beer I wish I’d bought more of. Moor JJJ IPA (9.5%abv) is one of those beers. Jesus, this is a good beer. Burnt amber in colour, there’s a nice, heavy mouthfeel that totally befits a beer of this gravity; a real tongue-coating sweetness that lays a rock-solid foundation for the bitterness that occurs towards the end of the sip. Pine, Lemon Sherbet and Orange Peel leave the finishing hop attack very much leaning towards the familiar fresh citrus, despite the nose giving away a little biscuity malt and a more herbal, black-pepper-like feel.
It’s a big, big, beer and to be honest, I like to think of it more as a hopped barleywine than an IPA – simply due to that massive body. However, when all is said and done, JJJ’s balance and complete harmony won me over. Big, but tasteful. Brash, yet subtle. I do wish I’d bought some more.
Do jump over to Moor’s website, it’s a great-looking site and I, for one, love Moor’s design. It’s pretty safe to say that Moor’s wares will feature heavily on TGS during 2011!