Another Bloody IPA is a beer brewed by the Cotton Ball brewing company in Mayfield in Cork. It retails at €2.99 but its hard enough to find. I am only aware of one stockist in Scariff in Co. Clare, whence this sample was obtained from on the recommendation of a friend.
This is a relatively light flavoured IPA, its hop forward but not excessively so. The hops are there and turned up, but not to the point where they dominate. There is a floral taste which fades to a honey/toffee flavour. The aroma is very light, you have to stick your nose right into the glass to get it, but whats there is pleasant and vaguely fruity.
The label tells us that it is blended with Munich Hops, Biscuit and zest of Blood Orange. Personally I could detect a fruity, citrus flavour but it’s very mild. That’s not a criticism, this is a well blended beer, subtle, present and very easy to drink. Be wary though, it packs a punch at 6%.
The artwork on the lable is well presented, the red being a nod presumably to its Cork birthplace and the blood orange used in the brewing. It continues into the beer which is a light brown, faintly red colour. There is very little head as is normal with an IPA, and whilst it is fizzy when first poured this quickly dissipates as the beer calms in the glass.
Naturally there’s a back story to do with an American Civil War veteran who returned to Cork and opened a pub which is still in business today. All these craft beers seem to need a back story to build the allure, personally I don’t get it, I believe the beer should stand on its own merits as I have said here before. That being said, this is one of the better back stories and while I’ve made no attempt to verify it, it seems like its one of the more believable ones.
It’s hard to fault this beer, while it’s not what you’d call spectacular, it is very drinkable. Definitely something I would pick up again if I come across it, but not something that I would make a special trip for.