SummerWine Diablo IPA with Baked Feta

To carry on with the Summer Wine Brewery theme, Diablo (6%) takes some beating in the taste stakes. Diablo is aptly named; it’s a real devil in a glass – one of those beers that –  despite its relative aggressiveness -remains easy to drink. Hazy orange in colour, it starts with a grapefruit-led hop profile, with some sweet, honeyed notes underneath. The body is surprisingly light, with some grainy, biscuity malt popping in before the main attraction arrives; a massive, drying hop finish of bitter lemon and orange pith. As I said, this is an unapologetically bold IPA, but remains wonderfully balanced. In a bottle you can take your time over it; on Cask there’s more fruitiness coming through  – and it’s slightly less dry. It’s also just been released on Keg, too, so keep an eye out.

If you’ve never had Baked Feta before, then do try it. It’s a wonderful match for beers such as fruity IPA’s because Feta itself is intrinsically a little bland – baking it with herbs just softens it up, makes it creamier – a dish more about texture than flavour. The saltiness of the cheese balances out the beer and vice versa. Simply make a little tin-foil basket for your feta to sit in, drizzle with Olive Oil and Mint (you can put any herb you like on it really – Mint is just traditionally Greek and I love it. Chilli is good, too) and bake in the oven on a high heat until the top browns slightly. Share with crusty bread to smear the warm cheese onto, and a simple Greek salad of Tomatoes and Cucumber. A wonderful little starter or sharing dish.


About leighgoodstuff

Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 06/10/2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I tried a bottle of Diablo last night (my first taste of this beer) and really liked it. I drank it without paying the attention it deserved but know that it’s full flavours and hugely satisfying bitterness were a winner for me. Plus, another recipe for me to add to the gorwing list…keep em coming!

  2. Nice one Leigh – think I’ll be baking some up this week. I might add a dash of honey too for some caramelised sweetness. Cheers.

  3. Thanks Dave. That was a pretty good match – given it a try yet?

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