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Published on July 10, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

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New releases getting the knack

County Durham brewer S43, which began life in 2012 as Sonnet 43, is on to its third canned release and its sixth different beer in the new range created by Texan brewer Alex Rattray. And boy, are they setting a standard – and off in a different direction.

“The first four beers I did I used a lot of hops like Mosaic and Citra,” says Alex. “But with our new beers The Knack and Juice Bomb I wanted to use some hops you don’t see as much but that offer some really unique flavours and aromas.

“We love New Zealand hops at S43 and the unique floral and tropical fruit goodness they bring. With The Knack in particular we used a huge amount of Wai-iti and Rakau hops, especially in the multiple dry hopping stages. We brewed the beer with a light malt base so it’s very pale in colour as we wanted to really let the hops shine through. The beer has a lovely soft texture with flavours ranging through lime zest to sweet tropical fruits and citrus.

“With Juice Bomb we wanted to brew another New England IPA (NEIPA) but with a totally different hop profile than GoGo Juice which was our first NEIPA. “The beer is incredibly juicy, but more like fleshy fruit juice; it’s got a really soft and thick texture with a tonne of juicy sweetness up front but also some nice bitterness in the finish.”


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