Sunday, 12 August 2012
The Hoptrix unleashed
So finally after its unofficial launch at Alnwicks 3 Wise Monkeys, The Hoptrix has hit the toon and made it into two of my favourite Newcastle pubs, The Free Trade Inn and Lady Greys (both very different and both very complementary to Newcastle's thriving beer scene). As the second instalment of Mordue Brewery's Panda Frog project this Belgian pale cross blonde ale opens with a bold sweet tropical fruit almost pineapple character, herbal undertones and subtle resonating leafy hops before juicy banana late on. Like the last time it was a pleasure to develop. But don't just take it from me, hunt it out now.